SYRIA: WE’LL FIGHT BACK
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.”