Sept. 1 - Free Syrian Army says decision by US to delay military intervention pending Congressional vote could allow Syrian government more time to prepare for retaliation. Julie Noce reports.
Reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to delay military action against Syria pending a vote in congress is eliciting various reactions. Members of the Free Syrian Army, who have been involved in the civil war against President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the past two years, say al-Assad will use the extra time to prepare for retaliation. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY COMMANDER OF EASTERN JOINT COMMAND OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, DEFECTED LIEUTENANT MOHAMMAD ABUOD, SAYING: "As days go by, more people get killed by the hands of this regime. Further delay for action gives them a chance to change the position of the weapons. According to the intelligence that we have, we know that he (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) exploits this delay to prepare for this strike." In a sprawling tent city erected in Iraq, some of the thousands of people who've fled the civil war in Syria see things differently. Why does the U.S. interfere in Syria? It will become Iraq, this woman says. I am against intervention as a concept, said this man. But the regime has forced us to accept it as a means to end the suffering. We don't want the opposition to be in charge either. Whether and when the U.S. takes action is now up to Congress. A draft bill on Obama's proposed military action has been sent to political leaders for review. In the meantime, evidence gathered by U.N. inspectors is being evaluated in the Netherlands with the hopes of shedding more light on the apparent chemical weapons attack.