Syrian Opposition’s Ghalioun Says U.K. Vote Won’t Prevent Strike
A vote by U.K. lawmakers to opt out of a possible military attack on Syria was “expected” and won’t stop the U.S. from carrying out a surgical strike against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Burhan Ghalioun, a Syrian opposition figure, said today.
“If after all the noise and preparations they cancel, they will lose all credibility and then any child or any small state will be able to attack the U.S., the international community and even the United Nations,” said Ghalioun, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, the main political opposition.
Ghalioun said the U.S. will carry out a strike “to serve its own interests” and defend its credibility.
“We will benefit if the Free Syrian Army is ready and knows how to take advantage of this opportunity,” Ghalioun said by phone from Paris.
French President Francois Hollande said France is ready to act in Syria and that every country will decide independently on its actions in the country, according to an interview published in Le Monde newspaper.
“There are few countries that have the capacity to act,” Hollande said. “France is among them and is ready to do so.”
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