Timescale for attack now up in the air; Support for military action crumbling; Hezbollah deploys troops to border; EU urges Israel to show restraint; Assad uses diplomatic back channels to deny retaliation threats
Aug 29, 2013
Foreign intelligence sources have claimed that The White House is
using the threat of military action in Syria as a bargaining chip to
make a deal with Russia, while the media in Washington is beginning to
question the certainty of an imminent strike.
Intel website DEBKAfile
states that its sources in Washington and Moscow claim that Obama “has
applied the brakes” on military strikes scheduled for Friday or Saturday
while Secretary of State John Kerry completes secret negotiations with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The site notes that the US wants to “strike a deal” with Vladimir Putin’s government:
“The US would soften its military action against the Assad regime and
his army and reduce it to a token blow,” the report states, “after
which the American and Russian presidents would announce the convening
of Geneva-2 to hammer out a solution of the Syrian crisis and end the