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Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:30 PM Sep 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry has said 34 countries and organizations are ready to support the U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry has said 34 countries and organizations are ready to support the U.S. in its military strikes against Syria. But who are they?

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly said in the past few days that dozens of countries are supporting the Obama administration's war plan in Syria. But when it comes time to name names, Kerry has stated just a few examples, some of which are already well-known. The mysterious nature of the coalition has confused lawmakers and added to the impression that the U.S. has failed to garner much international support for military action in Syria.

"We will have very broad, and we have already very broad -- I think we've -- I've been in -- you know, we've had some 53 nations or countries and organizations have acknowledged that chemical weapons were used here and have condemned it publicly," Kerry said on Tuesday in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of the administration's proposed authorization of force in Syria. "Thirty one nations have stated publicly that the Assad regime is responsible. And I think we're at about 34 countries have indicated that if the allegations are true, that they would support some form of action against Syria."

In two days of making the case for military strikes to Congress, Kerry listed a handful of countries ready to support the U.S. That leaves dozens that are apparently on board, but whose identities have remained a secret and whose support is unclear.

"I'm guessing we asked our embassies around the world to demarche foreign governments and those that articulated some form of support for our position made our list of allies," said a State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The State Department did not respond to repeated requests for a full list of the countries and organizations that are publicly supporting the administration's war plan. The White House referred BuzzFeed's questions to the State Department.


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Secretary of State John Kerry has said 34 countries and organizations are ready to support the U.S. (Original Post) dkf Sep 2013 OP
All the countries that have CIA black sites. nt OnyxCollie Sep 2013 #1
Organizations are nations, my friend cthulu2016 Sep 2013 #2
Ah, the coalition of the willing. City Lights Sep 2013 #3
30 of them are al-Qaeda splinter groups. leveymg Sep 2013 #4
I love that song! City Lights Sep 2013 #8
Did we forget Poland again? tjwash Sep 2013 #5
damn Poland, so easy to forget... AngryAmish Sep 2013 #10
I wonder how this fool can even live with himself or look himself in the mirror - nt HardTimes99 Sep 2013 #6
Iceland's troop is saying 'not again' .. polly7 Sep 2013 #7
Probably includes Russia pinboy3niner Sep 2013 #9
OK at first I was all like d_r Sep 2013 #11
Problem is he has no list to give congress. dkf Sep 2013 #12
This isn't going to be another one of those lists like... Liberal Veteran Sep 2013 #13


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4. 30 of them are al-Qaeda splinter groups.
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:35 PM
Sep 2013

The rest want the post-Assad mineral rights. Everybody wants to rule the world.


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9. Probably includes Russia
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:49 PM
Sep 2013

Since Putin said Russia would support a UN resolution if there is solid proof the Syrian regime did the 8/21 CW attack.


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11. OK at first I was all like
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:55 PM
Sep 2013

wft? Organizations? Like the rotary club or something?

But then I read it and the headline is misleading. He said 53 countries and organizations have acknowledged gas use, 34 nations have stated Assad regime is responsible, 34 countries have indicated support for action if allegations are true. He didn't say 34 countries and organizations ready to support US.

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13. This isn't going to be another one of those lists like...
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:51 PM
Sep 2013

Oz, Narnia, Rohan, Mordor, Gondor, Shangri-La, Westeros, El Dorado, Barsoom, Darkover, Neverland, Landover, Avalon, Themiscyra, New Krypton, Genosha, etc... is it?

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