Syrian opposition slams global apathy, demands strikes
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The chaos in Syria will only get worse and destabilise the entire region if the global community fails to act, key figures of the war-torn country's opposition said Tuesday.
Only Washington can deter President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons and so the US Congress should give the White House the go-ahead to target the strongman, they added.
Mr Ahmad al-Jarba, president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, and Mr Salim Idriss, chief of the rebel Free Syrian Army, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post.
The pair warned that "international apathy and indecision convinces Assad that he is invincible and emboldens him to unleash barbaric horrors on a defenseless population." And if his actions are left unchecked, the situation is likely to get even worse, they said.