One size fits all: US utilises 2001 law on Afghan war, to explain presence in Syria


November 13 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 
RIA News – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

BEIRUT, Lebanon. 

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has called any foreign military presence in the country without prior agreement with the government “aggression.”

Damascus stressed that this applies to the American forces. “This is a violation of the sovereignty of Syria and a flagrant violation of the foundations of the UN,” the Foreign Ministry said. 

Syria demanded that the US immediately withdraw the military from the country. The ministry noted that the actions of the United States are threatening the republic, so it reserves the right to a corresponding reaction.

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Earlier, Pentagon chief James Mattis said that the UN allowed the US to fight militants in Syria, since it adopted resolutions directed against the Islamic state. He added that the United States does not plan to leave the country until the successful ending to the Geneva peace process. 

The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, said that Mattis’ statement contradicts the Geneva agreements, as well as Washington’s assurances that the US’s only goal in Syria is the fight against terrorism. 

The UN Security Council did not give Washington authorization for military operations in the republic. 

Outside of the UN, for the US administration to conduct legal military operations abroad, it should also receive the approval of the congress, but this rule is constantly violated. Attacks against terrorist groups have taken place in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya and are explained by the fact that the congress allowed the US forces to fight Al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Critics say that the White House is too broadly interpreting the sanction of the legislature.

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