Report: A UN inspection team came under sniper fire near DamascusSubmitted by go213mph on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 09:15
The world is being played as fools...like everyone has forgotten about the lies we were told about Iraq.
• A UN inspection team came under sniper fire as it approached the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus. The convoy retreated after its first vehicle was shot at multiple times. There were no injuries and the team managed later to reach the affected area. According to people in the rebel-held location the UN team is now speaking to injured people and taking samples.
• The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, has called for urgent action on Syria, saying "every hour counts".
• There is a growing mood in the governments of the UK, US and some other allies towards military intervention in Syria. The British foreign secretary, William Hague, has said diplomatic efforts have failed. Support for action has come so far from France, Turkey and, to a more cautious extent, Germany.
• David Cameron has cut short a holiday to return to London and coordinate the British response.
• Russia remains opposed to military action. The country's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Moscow did not believe Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible for the chemical attack and warned that any action could destabilise the region.
• Assad himself has given an interview to a Russian newspaper in which he denied his troops were behind the attack, and warned that any foreign intervention would fail.