NYT: Americans will bomb Syria as Serbia in 1999

US president hinted that there could be attempts to circumvent UN bodies

NYT: Americans will bomb Syria as Serbia in 1999

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US newspaper, The New York Times, wrote that the military advisers of US President Barack Obama discussed the option to attack Syria modeled by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

According to the American newspaper, Obama is still considering how to respond regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, while his colleagues explored the possibility of whether the "Operation Noble Anvil"- the final phase of the war in Kosovo, could serve as a model for military action in Syria.

It adds that the US president on Wednesday hinted that there could be attempts to circumvent UN bodies.

The main reason for this is that Russia would certainly put a veto on any decision of using force against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The NYT said that the Obama administration is already considering a precedent as it was in Kosovo, which could be a prelude to air attack.

President Bill Clinton in 1999 used the NATO support and claiming to protect unarmed, vulnerable populations justified the bombing of Yugoslavia for 78 days, writes the NYT.

Also, a senior US official has confirmed the NYT that the "Kosovo precedent"  is a topic at the meetings on Syria, but stressed that it considers whether the air military attack would have unintended consequences, such as the destabilization of Lebanon or outflow of a large number of refugees to Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 17:41
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