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Military poised, but Syria strike debate intensifies

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:30

Sept. 8 - As military preparations are made by various countries ahead of a possible U.S. Syria strike, its merits are debated from the level of refugees up to the U.S. Congress. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Syrian families continue to flock to neighbouring countries, seeking refuge from civil war. Turkey tightened its border security ahead of possible U.S. strikes on Syria. The U.S. Congress is due to debate this week whether to authorize limited strikes to punish the Syrian government's suspected use of chemical weapons on civilians. One refugee from Idlib had no doubts President Bashar al-Assad's regime used such weapons. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IDLIB RESIDENT, AISHA, SAYING: "The regime attacked us. They killed everybody including women and children. They attacked with all kinds of weapons and they tried all kinds of weapons on us." International powers are struggling to decide what action to take against the war-torn country's government. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would respect parliament's decision voting down potential strikes, but emphasized the threat of allowing chemical weapons use to go unpunished. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, WILLIAM HAGUE, SAYING: "Foreign policy is a choice, not between the perfect course of action and the dreadful one, but between the balance of risks and the lesser of the evils. And from everything I've seen as Foreign Secretary, I believe that allowing the spread and use of chemical weapons in the 21st century is an evil that we have to stand up to..." Prime Minster David Cameron's plans for a potential military strike were thwarted last month when parliament narrowly voted against them in principle - dealing a setback to U.S.-led efforts for an international attack.

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Military poised, but Syria strike debate intensifies

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 01:30