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Syrian students rally for Assad while NATO upholds military option

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 01:15

Sept. 19 - Students in Damascus are denouncing potential military action against Syria, an option the head of NATO says must stay on the table when dealing with the country's chemical weapons program. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Young Syrian students in Damascus are protesting against any military action their country could face. Waving the Syrian flag and chanting anti-U.S. slogans, the students show their support for President Bashar al-Assad. A draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons is currently under discussion. The resolution leaves the door open to the use of force if Syria does not comply. One teacher says the aggression will not stand. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TEACHER WAFAA SUBEH SAYING: "We will stand firm to our notions and brotherhood. We will fight this aggressive attack and by God will Syria will gain victory with love." Meanwhile, following a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says it is crucial that the possibility of military action remains open. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN SAYING: "I think it is essential for keeping momentum in the diplomatic and political process that the military option is still on the table." A U.N. report this week confirmed the use of sarin gas in an August 21 attack in Syria but did not place blame. NATO, like its western allies, believes the Syrian government is responsible.

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Syrian students rally for Assad while NATO upholds military option

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 01:15