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Samantha Power: US Won't Be Bombing Solo If Syria Airstrikes Waged

Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 12:15 PM

The U.S. would have partners in any airstrikes against Islamic State forces in Syria, United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power said.

“We will not do the airstrikes alone if the president decides to do the airstrikes,” Power said today on ABC’s “This Week” program.

The U.S. envoy to the UN offered no specifics. While France last week joined the U.S. in airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said last week that his nation won’t send ground troops or conduct airstrikes in Syria.

Power appeared on several Sunday TV network talk shows in advance of the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly this week in New York. President Barack Obama will lead a Security Council session on Sept. 24 aimed at requiring nations to pass laws to curb the flow of foreign fighters who seek to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. probably won’t seek a resolution from the Security Council to authorize a new offensive in Syria, Power suggested.

“We think we have a legal basis we need if the president decides” to take action, Power said, without providing details.

To justify striking targets in Iraq, Obama’s administration has cited the president’s war-making powers under Article 2 of the Constitution, as well as the 2001 resolution passed by Congress authorizing military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

Iran ‘Destructive’

Power said the U.S. won’t coordinate military operations or share intelligence with Iran, a Shiite-majority state that opposes the radical Sunni group known as Islamic State. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a possible shift in tone last week when telling the UN Security Council that Iran has a role to play in a coalition against Islamic State.

“We’re waiting to hear whether Iran thinks it has a constructive role to play,” Power said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “But I would note that Iran’s behavior and its actions in Syria have been very destructive from our perspective, supporting Hezbollah, supporting the Assad regime,” she said, referring to the Lebanese militant group that the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Pressed on whether any nations have committed to providing ground troops in Syria and Iraq, which Obama has ruled out, Power said the U.S. is counting on Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and moderate Syrian rebels.

“Local forces are always going to be your best bet fighting ISIL in a country that of course belongs to the Iraqis, the Kurds, and in the case of Syria, the Syrians,” Power said on CBS, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State.


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