Syrian journalist wants Obama to hold Syrian government responsible for chemical attacks
UN estimates nearly 100,000 killed
Last Updated: 99 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A couple of Syrian journalists were in San Diego on Wednesday discussing reporting in risky environments and the U.S. military strike on Syria, imminent at this hour.
10News spoke with Dr. Obadah Alkaddri, a newscaster from the Syrian capital of Damascus, who is urging President Obama to stay firm on his promise to hold those responsible for the chemical attacks in Syria accountable.
Alkaddri wasted no time answering 10News' questions about the unconscionable chemical weapons attacks on his people, which the United States says were carried by the Syrian government led by Bashar Assad.
"This regime has big support from Iran, Russia and China and Hezbollah," said Alkaddri.
Alkaddri says he supports a strategically-led U.S. military strike to stop Syria from using chemical weapons, which the United Nations estimates has killed 100,000 people.
"President Obama said one year ago ... the chemical weapons is the red line and he many times he speak by power words, he will do something against Assad if he will use these chemical weapons," said Alkaddri.
Obama spoke Wednesday, saying U.S. military action seems unavoidable.
"When countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable," he said.
In Alkaddri's words, Syria's government has used chemical weapons at least 30 times and the last attack was huge.
He says now, he and other Syrians are waiting and hoping Obama follows through with his promise.
Obama has not yet decided to strike.
However, if a strike is launched, it would be aimed at preventing another chemical attack, not in taking sides in Syria's bloody civil war.
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