World weighs in on Syrian intervention
Both U.S. and French intelligence concur that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1,429 civilians last month — more than 400 of whom were children — and now the world weighs in as the two nations debate military intervention in the civil war-stricken nation.
British Parliament voted down possible military involvement, and the Russians are discouraging it as well. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a Geneva peace conference planned for mid-October with the aim of stopping the Syrian civil war could be delayed “forever” if the U.S. goes forward with military action.
The discussion is set to continue at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg Sept. 5-6, which will host the UN alongside American, Russian, British, French and German leaders. The U.S. Congress returns from recess Sept. 9, with a debate and vote to be held immediately on the matter.
UN weapons inspectors are scheduled to report on the Aug. 21 Damascus attack on Sept. 13, although Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon suggested that date be moved up.
Al-Assad said if the U.S. and France intervene, it could provoke a “regional war.”
Morsi to stand trial; Brotherhood’s legality challenged
Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood are to stand trial for allegedly inciting violence outside Cairo’s presidential palace last December when at least seven protesters were killed in clashes.
Morsi faces more charges, but this is his first referral for trial.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s military-backed government created a panel challenging the legal status of the Muslim Brotherhood Monday in another move to take down the movement behind Morsi, who was deposed by the army in July.
The Brotherhood registered itself as a non-governmental organization in March to secure its legality, but the panel argued the registration was illegal as the Brotherhood-led government effectively issued the license to itself.
Egypt’s next judicial session will be Nov. 12.