The Week in Headlines: Ready. Set. Go?
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The U.S. and friends are prepared to punish Syria’s government for an apparent chemical attack that killed hundreds of people last week. Syria said it would defend itself and “surprise others.” Great.
So, it Def Was a Chemical Attack?
Well, not officially officially. Syria’s President Assad denies the accusations that his forces attacked civilians. But almost everyone else is very sure. The U.N. chemical weapons inspectors looking into it haven’t released formal findings yet.
What's Going to Happen?
Most likely a military strike. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said “we are ready to go.” The Western forces made it clear any strike would be specific to punish Assad for the chemical weapons attack, and they are not trying to get in the middle of a violent power struggle between him and the rebel groups trying to oust him.
The U.S., France, and the U.K. The Arab League said that Assad definitely used the weapons on his own people and that the U.N. Security Council should act—an indication of support from Arab states in favor of a possible intervention.
Who's Not They?
Russia and China. Russia—one of Assad’s BFFs—said the rebel forces may have been involved in the attack. Meanwhile, China’s news agency reminded everyone about that time the U.S. invaded Iraq over bad intelligence. Awkward. U.S. and friends are looking into ways to conduct a strike without U.N. approval, so as to avoid potential vetoes from Russia and China.
When is This Going Down?
The opposition groups trying to get rid of Assad have been given the heads up that a strike could come within days. Nothing like giving Assad some time to clear his schedule.
This is serious. Pay attention.
Yesterday, sites like The New York Times and Twitter were allegedly hacked by a Syrian group that supports Assad. That same group has also claimed responsibility for hacking the Washington Post’s site earlier this month.
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