The United Kingdom will wait on the United Nation’s report on chemical weapons use by the Assad regime before it Prime Minister David Cameron goes along with strikes on Syria. The UN inspectors will likely put out their report Saturday, and the UK’s parliament will vote on strike authorization next week. In the United States, President Barack Obama said he had “not made a decision” on strikes on Syria, while congressional leaders have asked that the president seek congressional approval for striking Syria.
Intelligence on Weapons No “Slam Dunk” (AP)
Intelligence officials say they could not pinpoint the exact locations of Assad’s supplies of chemical weapons, and Assad could have moved them in recent days as U.S. rhetoric builds. That lack of certainty means a possible series of U.S. cruise missile strikes aimed at crippling Assad’s military infrastructure could hit newly hidden supplies of chemical weapons, accidentally triggering a deadly chemical attack.
China Warns Against US Attack on Syria (LA Times)
All of the major Chinese news organizations railed against military action, saying Syria could turn into another Iraq. The Chinese also said they were not convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons against its own people, as asserted by the White House.
Kerry and Hagel among US Officials Briefing Congress (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are among senior U.S. officials who will participate in a briefing on Thursday for members of Congress about the situation in Syria.
Assad will Fight Western “Aggression” (BBC)
Bashar al-Assad said Western threats to launch direct action would only bolster his resolve, state media reported. Mr Assad told a group of Yemeni MPs that Syria would defend itself against any aggression, according to Syria’s Sana news agency. “Syria, with its steadfast people and brave army, will continue eliminating terrorism, which is utilised by Israel and Western countries to serve their interests in fragmenting the region,” he said.
116 House Members Say Obama Needs Approval on Syria (The Hill)
A total of 116 lawmakers had signed the letter as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, highlighting bipartisan interest and growing momentum in ensuring a role for Congress in any decision to use force in Syria.