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Germany: FM spokesperson hesitates when quizzed on US-led strikes in Syria00:58

Germany: FM spokesperson hesitates when quizzed on US-led strikes in Syria

Germany, Berlin
February 12, 2016 at 22:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Sebastian Fischer, spokesperson for German Foreign Ministry (German): “[Pause] Um, the question of whether it is possible to rule out something is a difficult one. You know that, the western alliance, or rather the international alliance because it includes many Arabic countries, takes great care and, with the help of Germany among others, identifies the targets clearly and the first criterion is to really clarify that those targets are ISIS facilities. It remains that these are the targets and you can be sure that [the alliance] proceeds with care and caution.”

The spokesperson for Germany’s Foreign Ministry Sebastian Fischer was cautious in his response after a small hesitation when responding to a journalist’s question on western air strikes in Syria at a Berlin press conference, on Friday.

The journalist asked whether he could rule out that western air strikes hit any civilian targets. Although cautious to exclude the possibility outright, Fischer did maintain that the western alliance identified their targets clearly. He said that the US-led alliance proceeds with “care and caution,” while pointing out that a better term when describing the alliance would be “international” as opposed to “western” due to the involvement of “many Arabic countries.”

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Sebastian Fischer, spokesperson for German Foreign Ministry (German): “[Pause] Um, the question of whether it is possible to rule out something is a difficult one. You know that, the western alliance, or rather the international alliance because it includes many Arabic countries, takes great care and, with the help of Germany among others, identifies the targets clearly and the first criterion is to really clarify that those targets are ISIS facilities. It remains that these are the targets and you can be sure that [the alliance] proceeds with care and caution.”

The spokesperson for Germany’s Foreign Ministry Sebastian Fischer was cautious in his response after a small hesitation when responding to a journalist’s question on western air strikes in Syria at a Berlin press conference, on Friday.

The journalist asked whether he could rule out that western air strikes hit any civilian targets. Although cautious to exclude the possibility outright, Fischer did maintain that the western alliance identified their targets clearly. He said that the US-led alliance proceeds with “care and caution,” while pointing out that a better term when describing the alliance would be “international” as opposed to “western” due to the involvement of “many Arabic countries.”

Footage Courtesy of Jung Naiv

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