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Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
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Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Exclusive: United States defends Syria air strikes in letter to U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashaw al-Ass ad’s government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimono, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote: “The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these safe havens effectively itself.”

Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014

Syria’s U.N. envoy says told of airstrikes by Samantha Power

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told Reuters on Tuesday that he was personally informed by U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power of imminent U.S. and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State targets on Syrian territory hours ahead of time.

Ja’afari said Power told him on Monday morning that the military action would be carried out. He added that “we’re in close coordination with Iraq.”

Sep 23, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
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      "I am a Reuters correspondent at the United Nations in New York. I have also covered general news for Reuters in the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Before joining Reuters more than a decade ago, I had a two year stint at The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland and began my career at The Border Mail newspaper in Albury/Wodonga in Australia."
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