Morning Brief: Obama warns Assad over chemical weapons

From Foreign Policy Tue Dec 4 2012, 08:49:46

Obama warns Assad over chemical weapons

Top news: Fighting in Syria intensified on Tuesday as the government of Bashar al-Assad pounded the southern suburbs of Damascus with artillery fire in an effort to control the vital airport road. Heavy fighting in the last five days has forced the United Nations and European Union to scale back their aid operations in Syria, raising additional concerns about food insecurity. To date, eight U.N. workers have been killed in the conflict, which has claimed some 40,000 lives.

Meanwhile, reports that the Syrian government has begun moving its chemical weapons stockpile prompted warnings from President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen that the use of such weapons would carry consequences. "The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable," Obama said Monday in a speech at the National Defense University in Washington.

NATO is expected to endorse a plan to deploy Patriot missiles along the Turkish border later this week.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Soudan:   Appel à la justice pour les manifestants tués (press release)
Human Rights Watch
22 September 2016

Les autorités soudanaises n'ont toujours pas rendu justice aux victimes de la violente répression qui s'est abattue sur des manifestants dénonçant l'austérité ... [read more]

Sudan:   'No Justice for September 2013 Victims' (analysis)
Radio Dabanga
25 September 2016

The UN should press Sudan to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence used against anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre for Justice and Peace ... [read more]

Sudan:   President Bashir - We Will Give the Societal Dialogue Document Due Attention (news)
Sudan News Agency
26 September 2016

President Omar Bashir on Monday called on members of the Sudanese community and in the various sectors of the society to encourage the spirit of unity and peaceful coexistence and work seriously for ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!