The situation in Syria remains tense today with concerns about the potential escalation of loss of lives of civilians if the U.S. carries out a threatened strike. Al Jazeera reported on Sept. 1, 2013, Assad says Syria prepared to confront U.S. aggression. President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that Syria is capable of confronting any external aggression.
Assad has also said that threats of a U.S. attack would not discourage his government from continuing to fight against an armed rebellion which Assad has described as terrorism. On Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama said that there should be a military strike on Syria in response to an Aug. 21 alleged poison gas attack, apparently on rebel positions located in Damascus suburbs. U.S. intelligence officials claim this attack killed more than 1,400 people, many of them children.
ABC News has reported Assad remains defiant. Assad told an Iranian official during a meeting in Damascus today, "U.S. threats will not move Syria away from its principle of fighting terror supported by some western and regional countries." He went on to say Syria is able to confront any foreign aggression.