SYRIA: WE’LL FIGHT BACK

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SYRIA’s for­eign min­is­ter says his coun­try will de­fend it­self us­ing “all means avail­able” in case of a U.S. strike.

Walid al-Moallem says Syria has two choices, ei­ther to sur­ren­der or fight back, and it will choose the lat­ter.

He de­clined to elab­o­rate or say to what spe­cific means he was re­fer­ring as he spoke at a press con­fer­ence in Da­m­as­cus.

The state­ment came amid grow­ing in­ter­na­tional sup­port for mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syria in re­sponse to what U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry said was “un­de­ni­able” ev­i­dence of a large-scale chem­i­cal at­tack likely launched by the govern­ment.

Al-Moallem chal­lenged any­one ac­cus­ing the Syr­ian regime of us­ing chem­i­cal weapons to pro­vide proof.

The deputy for­eign min­is­ter Faysal Mik­dad ear­lier said an at­tack on Syria would trig­ger “chaos in the en­tire world”.

“If in­di­vid­ual coun­tries want to pur­sue ag­gres­sive and ad­ven­tur­ous poli­cies, the nat­u­ral an­swer... would be that Syria, which has been fight­ing against ter­ror­ism for al­most three years, will also de­fend it­self against any in­ter­na­tional at­tack,” he added.

Mr Kerry said chem­i­cal weapons were used in Syria and he ac­cused As­sad’s regime of de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence. He said the U.S. had ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the at­tack and would make it pub­lic in the days ahead.

“The in­dis­crim­i­nate slaugh­ter of civil­ians, the killing of women and chil­dren and in­no­cent by­standers by chem­i­cal weapons is a moral ob­scen­ity. By any stan­dard, it is in­ex­cus­able.”

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