DNC Chair Says ‘Dozens Of Countries’ Ready To Support U.S. Action In Syria

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Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said Monday that “dozens of countries” will support the United States in carrying out a military strike against Syria.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer which countries would use their own military power to attack Syrian targets, Schultz said she was “not at liberty to say.”

“What I can tell you is that there are many nations who have committed to support the United States in our action,” she told Blitzer, as quoted by CNN. “In both military and diplomatic and political support, there are dozens of nations who have committed to back us up. That’s what I’m at liberty to say.”

While French President Francois Hollande has said his country is “ready to punish” Syria over its use of chemical weapons, other nations have not committed to military intervention or are opposed to it. The British parliament rejected military action last week despite strong support for a strike from Prime Minister David Cameron, and Russian President Vladmir Putin, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, called the idea that the Assad regime would have used chemical weapons “utter nonsense.”

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