CAIRO, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Arab foreign ministers hold the Syrian government responsible for all the chemical attacks in the Syrian capital of Damascus, and asked for referring the perpetrators to international trials, Xinhua reported from the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo.
In the AL resolution, the foreign ministers strongly condemned and denounced the "heinous crime" committed by using the chemical weapons banned internationally against unarmed civilians, in defiance of the international norms.
"All the perpetrators should face fair international trials," the resolution added.
The foreign ministers called on the UN and the international society to bear its responsibility and take decisive and deterrent measures against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against the civilians.
Syria boasts capability to respond to foreign military action, Iran stresses incessant support
DAMASCUS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his country is capable of confronting any external aggression, in reference to a possible U.S.-led strike against his country, as Iran, his staunchest ally, pledged constant support to Damascus in face of escalating pressures.
Assad made the remarks during his meeting with visiting Chairman of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who arrived in Syria on Saturday. Full story
News Analysis: Obama buys time on Syria strike with appeal to Congress
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama called over the weekend for a Congressional vote on a limited military strike against embattled Syria, a move experts said was a bid to buy time.
"Obama needs to persuade voters and people in his own party that bombing Syria is fair and just, given the use of chemical weapons," said Darrell West, senior fellow with Brookings Institution. "He has to convince Americans and people around the world that it is a prudent course of action," West told Xinhua. Full story
Obama seeks congressional blessing for attacking Syria
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama was in no mood to seek congressional blessing, and his administration once built up its case to a point in the past days that a military attack on Syria seemed impending.
However, the president announced on Saturday that he would obtain congressional approval before ordering military strikes on the Syrian government to punish its use of chemical weapons last week, a dramatic turnaround that is deemed a gamble. Full story