US President Obama says he is weighing a ‘limited and narrow’ action against Syria, but emphasised there would be no ‘boots on the ground’.
Meeting with Baltic leaders, he discussed a response to the chemical attack which Washington alleges has killed around 1,500 people in Damascus.
The US, he said, cannot accept a world in which women and children are gassed:
“The world has an obligation, to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm. But, as I’ve already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. In no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign”.
Meanwhile in France, President Hollande’s administration has said the country’s military is ready to commit forces.
But a poll published in today’s Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France newspaper, says 64 per cent of French people oppose armed intervention.