Sunday during a town hall event broadcasted on CNN, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, would not take the opportunity to call Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a “war criminal,” citing the need for more evidence. “I think the evidence needs to be gathered,” Gabbard said. “And as I have said before – if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such.” When pressed by moderator Dana Bash, Gabbard reiterated the need for more evidence. “Everything that I have said requires that we take action based on evidence,” she added. “If the evidence is there, there should be accountability.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
The Iranian- and Russian-backed regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad has used banned chemical weapons against its own people more than 300 times since former President Barack Obama declared in 2012 that such attacks would cross a “red line” that would trigger a U.S. military response, the Germany-based Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) reported on Sunday.
The Arab League announced on Monday that they have not yet reached a consensus on reinstating membership for Syria, which they froze out of the League in 2011 at the dawn of its brutal civil war. Discussions about reinstating Syria will evidently continue.
Syrian Kurds who helped the United States decimate the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are reluctantly turning to Russia and its Syrian regime ally for assistance in protecting their lands from a planned attack by NATO member Turkey as the U.S. prepares to draw down its military presence in Syria, a Kurdish leader told Breitbart News.