Syria Tensions Mount With U.S.-Israeli Missle Test

Assad calls Obama 'weak'

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Syrian President Bashar Assad does an interview with Russian newspaper "Izvestia" in Damascus on Aug. 26, 2013

The United States and Israel moved closer to military action against Syria on Monday with what Israel called a “successful” joint missile test in the Mediterranean Sea. Combined with combative comments by Syrian strongman Bashar Assad calling President Barack Obama “weak,” the developments brought international tensions over the country’s civil war to new heights, even as Obama seeks what could be slow-coming congressional approval for a military strike.

Russian radar initially detected the two “ballistic objects” fired from the central Mediterranean towards the eastern part of the sea, the Associated Press reports. Israel’s Defense Ministry later confirmed the test. The test came just hours after Assad, whose government is accused of using chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds of civilians last month, taunted Obama in an interview.

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“If Obama was strong, he would have said publicly: ‘We have no evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian state.’ He would have said publicly: ‘The only way to proceed is through U.N. investigations. We therefore refer everything to the Security Council,'” Assad told the French publication Le Figaro on Monday, in remarks translated by The Telegraph. “But Obama is weak because he is facing pressure from within the United States.”

The United States currently has warships in the Mediterranean Sea as Obama awaits congressional approval for a strike. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are set to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

The three-year civil war has already claimed over 100,000 lives.

[AP]

44 comments
David Voros
David Voros

I would so love to throw a lit cherry bomb in his mouth

Tania Letizia Gobbett
Tania Letizia Gobbett

prenda un aereo e vada a trovare Obama e si chiarisca una buona volta - ma fate il servizio civile obbligatorio per tutti, sei mesi di peace keeping e vediamo se cambia l'aria: aprite sta finestra! anzi la porta!

Tania Letizia Gobbett
Tania Letizia Gobbett

stress preferisco che gli USA vengano nel Mediterraneo in ferie - siamo stufi agri di tutte queste guerre assurde: ci fate venir da piangere a tutti!

Marco Mendizabal
Marco Mendizabal

It's because where different every single one there bound to be disagreements. Assad just happens have control of military and you know how people are with power once they have they don't want let go of it. Even if means killing his own people. Assad most be stop if not other tyrants are going to start getting ideas thing will get worse in that region.

Basit Ali Khan
Basit Ali Khan

Super clear that Israel's strengthening is the purpose of attack on Syria. Go screw yourself Obama!

Christine McAusland
Christine McAusland

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Levant Basin, which covers Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine, contains around 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and at least 1.7 billion barrels of oil. - 2013 we're all "online" and a field of water is the place to drill rock to extract bread or revenue. The refugees need the help not multi national tax shelters on a multi billion year old planet, that needs it's ecosystems not war.

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

Hasn't anyone seen the rock? We dont want that syran gas unleashed! Maybe the us should send to the middel east thousands of coppies of all our movies to show and share"" what we have.

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

Thanks citizens for working the other jobs.

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

But artists jobs is to do art

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

Artists should be living for free since our job is to do art and we never realy think about working other jobs for a living. This may bring that our work is given out for free...

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

This war stuff is getting scarey. I'm a painter, maybe it hits me last but we need to start thinking we are in school with lunchroom table governmebts. Maybe we should back down and accept the u n research and entering of the syrian subject enough. How avout we use the starving artist eras ending as the card to bring the worlds governments together.

Terry Stringer
Terry Stringer

Obama is a weak punk doing the bidding of the Muslim brotherhood.

Dennis Coolhand Tillman
Dennis Coolhand Tillman

Assad is ignorant to how our democracy works, and calling our president weak can only hurt his cause.

David Houghton
David Houghton

You know nobody is going to read that tripe, right?

Jason Sallas
Jason Sallas

Lol. Every president is said to be a war monger. That's like saying cheese is yellow.

hpgs
hpgs

In there world peace is important for everyone.

Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar
Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar

His government deceives you are only political interests of people who do not take leave power, killing innocent people in the name of demoracia when in reality they are corrupt and murderers, you are being deceived by their government.

Nola Gautreau
Nola Gautreau

There is no democracy Jonas. Democracy is DEAD. There is only big money interests fighting for resources in foreign countries. The conflict in Syria is heightened by the US backing one side and Russia backing the other side. Your crap about dictators is ridiculous, you are living in a dictatorship run by the Koch brothers. Have a great life working minimum wage while fat cats get tax breaks. Syria is in the way of oil getting to the US. Period.

Elaine N Lala
Elaine N Lala

Bush lied about WMD in Iraq now we have facts and against facts there are not arguments

hpgs
hpgs

how to say....

Seronta Mia
Seronta Mia

Unbreakable cycle of violence... Human stupidity is infinite said Albert Einstein. I see why...

Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar
Jonas Cardoso de Aguiar

The harm is small find that to be different is considered large. USA is a world power and has always looked for peace. Even before the attacks of September 11 remained inert and only sought terrorist leader rather than a war. These governments in the East dictators must end! We must fight for democracy from those who can not afford to fight because they are poor and they are few. Obama want a friend in Brazil intervention to arrest the thieves and corrupt politicians.

TonyPow
TonyPow

Debunk the Myths in Investing (amazon):

Our presidents never learn about the harm to our economy from Vietnam to the current two Middle East wars. Why we need to be the world’s policeman (not stated in our constitution)? Ordinary citizens care about jobs and living standards, not about who is #1.

Every bomb we dropped on Middle East would cause n (you figure n) deaths in the US due to terrorist attacks. I'm not siding with the devils, but statistics and Newton’s Law of Action/Reaction never lie.

Let them fight for their own humanity, freedom and ideology themselves - we have enough problems (such as employment) to deal with at home. Do you think the average Syrian want us to bomb their country? Ask any citizen from Iraq.

How ironic that we have funds to bomb Syria while we have to lay off the government scientists due to lack of funds? Do we still encourage our high-school students to go to science? Oh, what a bomber (Obamer)!

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russian strategic Rocket forces began a large-scale command-and-staff exercise, which involved more than 2 thousand servicemen, said the representative of the Ministry of defence of the strategic missile forces General Dmitry Andreev.

soudfah
soudfah

@TIME @TIMEWorld Obama and the American government supports terrorism and make fake wars to kill innocent

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Chris Watts No dummy he is a muslim lover.