Now that Obama has secured another four years in the White House, the British prime minister David Cameron is poised to tell him that his top priority should be intervention in Syria.
Cameron said that “with a newly-elected American president, we have got to do more to help this part of the world, to help Syria achieve transition.” He said now that the election is over, more must be done to “shape the opposition” and work with al-Qaeda and topple the Syrian regime.
“There is an opportunity for Britain, for America, for Saudi Arabia, Jordan and like-minded allies to come together and try to help shape the opposition, outside Syria and inside Syria,” Cameron said. “And try to help them achieve their goal, which is our goal of a Syria without Assad.”
Using the Za’atri refugee camp on the Syria-Jordan border as a backdrop, Cameron said Britain will begin talks with al-Qaeda and the CIA-supported Free Syria Army (FSA) to turn up the heat and militarily oust Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
According to the BBC, the discussions will take place in Jordan and Turkey. The FSA has receivedsubstantial support from the Turkish government.
In September, Syria’s Foreign Ministry wrote a letter to the U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon accusing neighboring Turkey of allowing thousands of al-Qaeda and “Takfiri and Wahhabi terrorists” to cross the border to “kill innocent Syrians, blow up their properties and spread chaos and destruction.”
Britain said Turkey and NATO members have discussed using Patriot missiles under a “NATO umbrella” to protect a “safe zone” inside Syria. Turkey said it had postponed the safe zone proposal until the election in the United States had concluded.
“With the re-election of Obama, what you have is a strong confidence on the British side that the U.S. administration will be engaged more on Syria from the get-go,” Shashank Joshi, an analyst at London’s Royal United Services Institute, told Fox News.
November 7, 2012