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U.S. will ‘take action’ if U.N. does not

The United States envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned on Tuesday that the U.S military will “take action in Syria” [on its own] if the UN Security Council does not.

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The United States envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned on Monday that the U.S military will “take action in Syria” [on its own] if the UN Security Council does not.

Ms. Haley used last year’s tomahawk missile strike as an example of possible US action.

“It is not the path we prefer, but it is a path we have demonstrated which we will take, and we are prepared to take again,” Haley told the Security Council.

“When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action.”

Haley also blamed Russia for “not observing” the 30-day ceasefire in Syria, and further accused Russia of “deliberately putting an anti-terrorism loophole” in the February Security Council resolution.

“With that vote, Russia made a commitment to us, to Syrian people and to the world to stop the killing in Syria. Today, we know that Russians did not keep their commitment,” Haley said.

She also claimed that Russia and the Syrian Arab Army “continue to bomb innocent civilians under a pretext of fighting terrorism”.

Haley also announced a new U.S.-sponsored draft of a ceasefire resolution for Syria, “which will not have any anti-terrorism loopholes”.

The resolution, if adopted, would take effect immediately and call for a complete cessation of hostilities in the country.

However, it’s unclear how the U.S. plans to enforce the measure on terrorist groups.


More details to follow. Image of United States forces in Syria from NBC News. 

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