NATO Chief Believes Syrian Government Near Collapse

Friday, 14 Dec 2012 07:21 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

BRUSSELS — The head of NATO said on Thursday he thought the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was nearing collapse, and condemned the use by Assad's forces of Scud missiles to attack rebels.

"I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters after a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at NATO headquarters. "I think now it is only a question of time."

Rasmussen, confirming comments to Reuters on Wednesday by NATO and U.S. officials, said the alliance had detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range Scud-type missiles inside Syria earlier this week.

"The use of such indiscriminate weapons shows utter disregard for the lives of the Syrian people. It is reckless and I strongly condemn it," he said.

Syria on Thursday denied that it had used Scud missiles in its fight against what it calls "terrorist groups," a Foreign Ministry statement posted on state news agency SANA said.

Rasmussen urged the Syrian government to "stop violence, to realise what is the actual situation and initiate a process that leads to the accommodation of the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people."

NATO agreed last week to send Patriot missiles to Turkey to protect it against the threat of missiles from Syria. Rutte, whose country is one of three planning to send Patriots to Turkey, said he expected the missiles to be operational by the end of January.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pakistan Hangs Four More Militants After School Attack

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 09:55 AM

Pakistan on Sunday executed four more militants after ending a six-year old moratorium on the death penalty following a  . . .

US Troops Fight ISIS in Western Iraq, Al Jazeera Says

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:31 AM

U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi . . .

Israel Aircraft Hit Gaza for First Time Since August Truce

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 08:37 AM

Israeli aircraft hit Gaza on Saturday for the first time since an August truce ended a 50-day war after a rocket hit the . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved