Syrian state-run media derides Obama's Congress request as US 'retreat'

Comments appear in front-page editorial in official Syrian newspaper.

By REUTERS
September 1, 2013 14:43
President Barack Obama speaks about Syria next to VP Joe Biden at the White House, August 31, 2013.

Obama Biden talking Syria white house 31.8.13 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before going ahead with a military strike on Syria marks the start of a US "retreat", Syrian state media said on Sunday.

"Obama announced yesterday, directly or through implication, the beginning of the historic American retreat," said the comments, which ran in a front-page editorial in Syria's official al-Thawra newspaper.

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The president said on Saturday that he believed the US should take military action against Damascus for its apparent use of chemical weapons, he would first seek congressional consent, a move likely to delay an attack for at least 10 days.

"A decision to wage war on Syria is a criminal decision and an incorrect decision. We are confident that we will be victorious," Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad told reporters outside a hotel in Damascus. 


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