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US could attack Syria

Updated: Saturday, September 7 2013, 11:26 AM EDT
ALBANY -- Weighing military options. The crisis in Syria continues to escalate and our government, along with our allies in Europe, may soon deliver its most aggressive response since Syria's first civil war broke out two years ago.
Four US warships are now positioned in the eastern part of the Mediterranian Sea, ready to launch missles likely aimed at Syrian military targets.
The White House says today that there is no question Syria's president, Bashir Assad, was responsible for last week's alleged gas attack on citizens.
The UN has yet to confirm that suspicion, and says investigators are still on the ground looking for evidence. However, the US is not waiting for their findings.
The concern now for our government and the people it serves: how can we be impacted by trouble half a world away? That trouble lies somewhere between the government, rebel forces, and ordinary citizens.
When asked if there was any easy way to sum up the history of how the conflict began, Rick Mathews, Director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness at the Rockefeller College at UAlbany said, "there really isn't. It's been going on for as long as we can remember."
But, the people of Syria are caught in the middle like never before with fears and tensions at a boiling point.
When asked what he see as the United States' possible involvement, Mathews said, "some people will tell you in most conflicts -- if everyone's upset you're doing a pretty good job. The United States has obviously been watching this closely has been everyhwere they can trying to influence peacefully, diplomatically, actions there."
That could mean military deployment. The United States is weighing options after an alleged chemical attack, believed to be orchestrated by the regime in power.
"We've shown that our technology, our ability to hit the x -- hit a target -- from a distance using cruise missiles and so forth has been very effective," Mathews said.
Syrians in the Capital Region we spoke with are begging the United States to help peacefully. Opinion of others is split on the use of force.
"I just can't imagine anybody that would want to put boots on the ground," said Joe Flynn from Voorheesville. "We've made some horrible mistakes."
"We should be putting pressure on the UN for whatever good it might do us but we should not unilaterally go in to Syria," said Marcia Heffron.
"If they can fix the problem, then yes," said Deepak Bandey of Albany. "But, it doesn't seem like a problem that can be fixed easily."
Great Britain is considering an intervention in Syria. That is hinged on the alleged chemical attack carried out by the government. Rebels are not without accusations for other deadly incidents, either.
As for any kind of retaliation from supporters of the syrian government -- Mathews believes it's a valid concern to keep in mind.US could attack Syria

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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


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