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U.S., Russia push for diplomatic high ground on Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:27

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 29 - The U.S. says any military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would in collaboration with other countries; Russia says international law must be followed. Jessica Gray reports.

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WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES AND PEOPLE SAID TO BE SUFFERING AFTER A GAS ATTACK Fighter jets race into the sky at Turkey's Incirlik air base -- a strategic site for the United States Air Force and less than an hour's flying time from the Syrian border. Attention has switched here as the U.S. and some allies weigh up direct military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following a suspected chemical attack last week. U.S. and European officials are said to be aiming for a limited strategic assault, which could come within days -- they say Assad carried out a poison gas attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians. During a visit to Brunei, U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that any military strike would follow international consensus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES DEFENSE SECRETARY, CHUCK HAGEL SAYING: "And I think it was made clear by President Obama, and I have said it in a number of occasions, that if any action would be taken against Syria it would be an international collaboration." Syria's allies, Russia and China, strongly oppose any military intervention and are expected to block possible action by the U.N. Security Council. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIAN DEPUTY DEFENCE MINISTER, ANATOLY ANTONOV SAYING: "And I hope that we can find solution which will meet the interest of all party concerned. I am sure that we have to go along with the international law." The United Nations is also calling for more time as its chemical inspectors on the ground in Damascus are set to be pulled out Saturday.

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U.S., Russia push for diplomatic high ground on Syria

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:27