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Syria Tells U.S. To Back Off

Eric Parra |
August 25, 2013 | 9:20 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

While Syria is war-torn and trying to resolve its own issues, outside help from the United States is unwanted (creative commons)
While Syria is war-torn and trying to resolve its own issues, outside help from the United States is unwanted (creative commons)
After the strong tension going on between the people of Syria and its government, there are many that oppose the United States from joining in and giving support.

READ MORE: Obama Meets With National Security Team About Syria

While the air of Syria is still contaminated with a deadly nerve gas, something believed to have been set off by a group of accused rebels against the government, the Syrian government has warned the United States to not interfere. The chemical attack came on Wednesday and has a reported death count of 335 people.

From USA Today

“Syria is intertwined in alliances with Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and Palestinian militant groups. The country also borders its longtime foe and U.S. ally Israel, making the fallout from military action unpredictable.

Speaking to reporters Sunday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel declined to say what action the U.S. might take. He said the administration is weighing many factors. These include an intelligence assessment of the attack in Syria, as well as what he called legal issues and the matter of international support for any military response.”

The violence from Syria has come in over the past year of dealing with Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The people have been fighting and gathering more recruits to try and put an end to their struggle. All the while, the United States is still sending in naval troops awaiting order on their way over to the foreign country.

The naval ships are all equipped with ballistic missiles, which is the primary reason that the Syrian government wishes the United States to withdraw. After such a lethal gas attack that is still lingering in the air, a missile strike or any similar attack could easily draw out a much larger scale explosion that would be greater than anything the rebel forces could come up with.

President Obama met with his national security team on Saturday to discuss the problem. Reports and surveys show that United States citizens are against going to Syria or interfering, but the president is still weighing his options while his investigative team are checking in to factual culprits behind the gas bombing. 


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