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    Default U.S. Warns It May Act On Syria As Onslaught Against Ghouta Grinds On

    March 12, 2018
    By Michelle Nichols and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    UNITED NATIONS/AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned on Monday that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must,” if the U.N. Security Council fails to act on Syria, as the Syrian army’s onslaught in eastern Ghouta continued unabated.
    The United States asked the Security Council to demand an immediate 30-day ceasefire in Damascus and rebel-held eastern Ghouta, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russia and Iran, say they are targeting “terrorist” groups which are shelling the capital.
    The army’s onslaught in eastern Ghouta, backed by air and artillery strikes, has killed about 1,160 people since Feb. 18, a war monitoring group said, as Assad seeks to crush the last big rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.
    “It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated we will take, and we are prepared to take again,” Haley told the 15-member Security Council. “When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action.”
    The United States bombed a Syrian government air base last year over a deadly chemical weapons attack.
    The Security Council demanded a 30-day ceasefire across Syria in a unanimously adopted Feb. 24 resolution.
    Russia and Damascus say a ceasefire ordered by the U.N. Security Council does not protect the fighters in eastern Ghouta, arguing that they are members of banned terrorist groups.
    “There has been no cessation of hostilities,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. “Violence continues in eastern Ghouta and beyond – including in Afrin, parts of Idlib and into Damascus and its suburbs.”
    “No sieges have been lifted … To our knowledge, not one critically sick or wounded person has yet been evacuated.
    Russia’s U.N. envoy Vassily Nebenzia also said some states were accusing the Syrian government of carrying our chemical weapons attacks in a bid to “prepare the ground for the unilateral use of force against sovereign Syria.”
    “We have heard hints of that in the statements of some delegations today,” Nebenzia said. “Basically steps are being weighed which could hit regional stability very, very hard.”
    Elsewhere, Syrian jets also struck rebel-held towns in the country’s south, the first aerial attacks on the area since the United States and Russia brokered a deal making it a “de-escalation zone” last year, rebels and residents said.
    The Trump administration frequently points to the de-escalation zone as a sign of progress it can achieve with Moscow on reducing the violence in Syria. But on Monday, the U.S. State Department said it was very concerned by the violence and called an “urgent meeting” in Jordan to ensure maintenance of the de-escalation zone.
    “If (reports of the strikes are) true, this would be a clear violation of the (southwest) ceasefire by the Syrian regime that broadens the conflict,” a State Department official said.
    “We urge all parties in the southwest de-escalation zone not to take actions that would jeopardize the ceasefire and make future cooperation more difficult.”
    HEAVY ONSLAUGHT
    The assault on Ghouta is one of the heaviest in the war, which enters its eighth year this week.
    Thousands of families are sleeping in the open in the streets of the biggest town in the enclave, where there is no longer any room in packed cellars to shelter from government bombardment, local authorities said.
    At least 70 people had been buried in a town park because air strikes made it unsafe to reach the cemetery on the outskirts, it said.
    In a video filmed inside Douma, one man cowering in a heavily damaged shelter said: “It is completely uninhabitable. It is not even safe to put chickens in. There is no bathroom, just one toilet, and there are 300 people.”
    Douma residents said dozens of people were trapped alive under rubble, with rescuers unable to reach them due to the intensity of the raids.
    Government forces have now captured more than half the rebel enclave, entirely besieging Douma and the large town of Harasta, cutting them off from each other and neighboring areas with advances on Saturday and Sunday.
    In an apparent sign of local discontent with the rebel policy of holding out, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported that hundreds of people protested in the town of Kafr Batna to demand a deal to end the onslaught.
    Jaish al-Islam, one of eastern Ghouta’s main rebel groups, said on Monday it had reached an agreement with the government’s ally Russia to evacuate wounded people, after communicating with Moscow through the United Nations.
    A U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman said the United Nations was not part of that deal and still called for the urgent evacuation of more than 1,000 sick and wounded people in eastern Ghouta.
    State television broadcasts from the government-controlled side of the battlefront showed dark grey clouds of smoke billowing from several places across a landscape of shattered buildings.
    HALF-MILLION DEAD
    The Observatory, said on Monday the death toll in the civil war had passed half a million people.
    It has confirmed the deaths of 511,000 people, it said, and has the names of more than 350,000 of them. About 85 percent were killed by government forces and their allies, it said.
    Eastern Ghouta has been besieged for years after many of its residents joined the initial protests against Assad’s rule in 2011 that triggered the slide into civil war. The United Nations says 400,000 people live in the enclave, already suffering shortages of food and medicine even before the massive assault began in mid-February.
    Assad says the assault on eastern Ghouta is needed to end the rule of Islamist insurgents over the civilian population and to stop mortar fire on nearby Damascus.
    The United Nations has warned of dire shortages of food and medicine, where international deliveries have long been erratic and often obstructed before they could reach the enclave.
    The expulsion of the rebels from eastern Ghouta would represent their biggest defeat since they lost their enclave in Aleppo in December 2016. They still control large areas in the northwest and southwest and a few scattered pockets elsewhere but have been driven from most major population centers.
    (Additional reporting by a reporter in eastern Ghouta, Angus McDowall and Ellen Francis in Beirut and Yara Bayoumy in Washington; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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    This a non-starter. We need to get our asses out of that mess. Too many sides involved that not only conflict, but cross over. Mathematically, we can end up fighting ourselves and so can the Russians. We have no stake in this. When they want to resume hunting ISIS we can return.
    My quota of bullshit cop outs from closed minds is full today, Tomorrow's not looking good for you either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    http://www.oann.com/u-s-warns-it-may...uta-grinds-on/

    This a non-starter. We need to get our asses out of that mess. Too many sides involved that not only conflict, but cross over. Mathematically, we can end up fighting ourselves and so can the Russians. We have no stake in this. When they want to resume hunting ISIS we can return.
    From the start he the goal was to dethrone Assad and and put in those that are against America and we infidels. We are there fighting/aiding the very groups(s) that have religious goal to establish the Muslim Caliphate.
    Muslim Caliphate in Koranic prophecy will be established to rule the entire world!
    As in convert every nation--with the usual process of killing all that refuse to covert.
    Dem party is allied with Islam- thus we are there fighting to help our own future demise, which is insanity....Fact...-Tyr
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- “In order to write about life, you must first live it.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    http://www.oann.com/u-s-warns-it-may...uta-grinds-on/

    This a non-starter. We need to get our asses out of that mess. Too many sides involved that not only conflict, but cross over. Mathematically, we can end up fighting ourselves and so can the Russians. We have no stake in this. When they want to resume hunting ISIS we can return.
    From the start he the goal was to dethrone Assad and and put in those that are against America and we infidels. We are there fighting/aiding the very groups(s) that have religious goal to establish the Muslim Caliphate.
    Muslim Caliphate in Koranic prophecy will be established to rule the entire world!
    As in convert every nation--with the usual process of killing all that refuse to covert.
    Dem party is allied with Islam- thus we are there fighting to help our own future demise, which is insanity....Fact...
    A comparison would be if we had helped Hitler 's armies defeat Russia during WW2.
    WHILE IN TOTAL BLINDNESS TO HIS COMING AFTER US NEXT..-Tyr
    My father- "Take pride in who you are and where you came from. Life is hard, often fighting is the only option!"
    Ernest Hemingway- “In order to write about life, you must first live it.”
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