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Syria: Cameron and Obama agree to military strike over chemical weapons

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By Nigel Nelson
The Mirror
The US president sealed the deal in a 40-minute phone call to the Prime Minister  at his holiday retreat in Cornwall
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 David Cameron and Barack Obama last night agreed to take military action  against Syria, the  Sunday People has reported.

The US president sealed the deal in a 40-minute phone call to the Prime  Minister at his holiday retreat in Cornwall.

The two leaders agreed that Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad was responsible for  using chemical weapons against children.

Mr Obama and Mr Cameron will discuss the military options in the next few  days.

They include missile strikes, ­disabling the Syrian air force or ­enforcing a no-fly zone across the country. A No.10 source said: “The  significant use of chemical weapons would merit a serious response.

“The PM and the President are now looking at all the options.”

But they ruled out sending in British and American ground troops.

The source said both leaders ­believe President Assad is deliberately  trying to cover up the atrocity in the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus  on Wednesday that left up to 1,000 dead.

Assad forces were yesterday ­shelling the area of the nerve-gas attack to  destroy evidence.

The source added: “It seems ­increasingly unlikely the United Nations  investigators will be allowed to go there.” That was despite requests from UN  disarmament chief Angela Kane who was in Damascus yesterday to press for  access.

A US battlegroup of three ­warships in the eastern Mediterranean has been  strengthened by a fourth ready to strike Syria with cruise missiles.

Materials the Syrian government claim rebels used to make chemical weapons
Materials the Syrian government claim  rebels used to make chemical weapons
Materials the Syrian government claim rebels used to make chemical weapons
Materials the Syrian government claim  rebels used to make chemical weapons
And the US has stationed F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missiles in Jordan in  preparation for attacks.

President Obama met his national security team yesterday to discuss  plans.

“That requires positioning our forces to carry out whatever options the  president might choose,” said US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. Even Iran  yesterday conceded Syrians had been killed in chemical attacks but did not say  who it thought was responsible.

Meanwhile the Assad regime tried to pin the blame for Wednesday’s attack on  opposition groups.

Syrian state TV claimed that ­soldiers patrolling in the Damascus suburb  of Jobar had found chemical weapon agents in rebel tunnels.

Russia said the nerve-gas outrage may be the work of rebels trying to provoke  international action.

But Foreign Secretary William Hague dismissed the claims.

France joined the UK yesterday in blaming Assad for the attack.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: “All the information indicates there  was a chemical massacre near Damascus and Bashar al-Assad is responsible”.

TV footage showing civilians – many of them children – dead or suffering the  horrific symptoms of gas poisoning shocked the world.

Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said hospitals it supports treated 3,600  patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” and 355 died.

Hospital staff described patients arriving with nerve gas-style symptoms  including convulsions, extreme salivation, contracted pupils and sight and  respiratory problems.

British defence chiefs will meet foreign counterparts in Jordan ­tomorrow  to discuss options.

 

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