Obama needs no U.N. approval to order airstrikes in Syria, ambassador says

Monday, September 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Valerie Richardson
The Washington Times
Sunday, September 21, 2014

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the Obama administration has a legal basis to conduct airstrikes in Syria without U.N. approval, raising questions about the White House’s ability to form an international front against the Islamic State.

“Consistent with the U.N. charter, we — it will depend on the facts and circumstances of any particular strike in Syria, but we have a legal basis we need,” Samantha Power said on ABC’s “This Week.”

No country has agreed publicly to join the United States in launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State targets, and the Syrian government itself has refused to authorize outside strikes on its territory even against Islamist rebel groups that it is fighting itself.

But Ms. Power predicted Sunday to host George Stephanopoulos that U.S. forces would not act alone in an air campaign.

“I will make you a prediction, George, which is that we will not do the airstrikes alone, if the president decides to do the airstrikes,” Ms. Power said.

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