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September 6th, 2013
07:53 PM ET

The risk to Americans: What if Syria strikes back?

As the United States and its allies debate military intervention in Syria, the nation's president Bashar al-Assad has warned that Syria will "defend itself against any aggression." And now the U.S. has obtained intelligence that Iran "may be planning" a retaliatory strike against American interest in Baghdad and other sites in Iraq. CNN's Brian Todd examines the potential fallout from a U.S. strike and what American assets would be at risk.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Middle East • Syria
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  1. JOSEPH EMLEN WARRIS

    Why would we EVER go to war with SYRIA ??

    September 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
  2. Albert Mbanfu

    Once again, America has won
    America’s strength lies in its ability to lead the world in conflict resolution, either through diplomacy or military might. We should understand that if we do not lead, darkness would eclipse the world. All other players only gain strength and participate, when America leads. Russia is just a shadow of itself, and Putin is still crying “The Beloved Country” that was, but never is.
    Today’s announcement by Syrian Foreign Minister that Syria would give up its chemical weapons under the auspices of the United Nations, is testimony to the fact that America is still number one. This decision is a big step forward. Even if Obama does not attack Syria, he will still remain the victor in this fight. Without his threat, Syria would never have acknowledged possessing chemical weapons, not to talk of letting them go. Not only letting them go, but ready to sign the convention on nonproliferation; a step the international community has wanted from Syria for decades now. With immediate follow up action on the part of Syria to give up its chemical stockpile, I would at this time, support nonintervention, but would surely continue to encourage the covert actions and support to the Free Syrian Army.
    For all those who do not think that bombs and missiles can solve a problem, this action by Syria has debunked that myth. Without the drumbeat for war, we would not have pushed Syria to this point. After all the diplomacy in decades, Obama has finally come to make Syria comply. Diplomacy and military action are two tools that when combined would always solve conflicts. In the case where one cannot work, the other should be used. Diplomacy did not work with Assad, but the drumbeat for war has.

    September 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm |

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