‘President Obama was met with a skeptical crowd of world leaders as he made the case for military strikes in Syria at the meeting of the G20 yesterday in St. Petersburg, Russia.
China and Russia issued sharp rebukes, with Russian President Vladimir Putin going so far to say that Secretary of State John Kerry deliberately misled members of Congress in his testimony this week.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for any intervention to have the approval of the U.N. Security Council, though U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has said that the United States will not press for such a resolution given Russia and China’s obstinacy. Members of the European Union questioned the likely effectiveness of planned strikes, and the Catholic Church called for the international community to use peaceful means to resolve the Syrian civil war.
There are also reports about an intercepted Iranian order to militant groups in Iraq to attack U.S interests there in the event of a U.S strike on Syria. The U.S embassy there is a likely target and there have been alerts that U.S citizens should cancel all trips to Iraq except essential ones.’
_________Source: Foreign Policy Morning Brief Reports, September 6, 2013. Foreignpolicy.com.