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Syria rebels want military intervention without UN nod

Calls for military intervention by the Syrian National Council's Free Syrian army are pursued, despite UN Security Council approval

AFP , Thursday 19 Apr 2012
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The rebel Free Syrian Army called for outside military intervention against the Damascus regime even without UN Security Council approval, in a video posted online on Thursday.

General Mustafa Ahmed al-Sheikh, who heads the SLA military council, charged that the government, unlike rebel fighters had failed, to respect a ceasefire deal agreed with UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan.

He called for "the formation of a military alliance of countries friendly to the Syrian people, without UN Security Council approval, to carry out surgical strikes on key installations of the regime."

Russia and China have blocked strong Security Council action on the 13-month-old crisis in Syria.

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20-04-2012 07:09am
The easiest way to Iran is through Syria.
We've lost our nerve in dealing with Assad. What are we afraid of? We're on the side of the angels. Neither Russia nor China has any moral grounds to support this monster. If they choose to support him anyway in a military conflict, that's their business. We will have the rest of the world on our side. And if Iran wants to get involved, let it. Before doing so, it should note that the easiest way to Iran is through Syria. And we will take that path and take them both out, if that’s what it takes. Yes, there would be loss of life. Yes, it would be costly. And yes, it would disrupt the world economies. The ugliness of war has not changed throughout the centuries. Nonetheless, there is no other way to get rid of these entrenched monsters. When the job is done, we will rebuild -- as we had done after WWII. But we'd better act while the iron is still hot.
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