There are a few legal questions worth considering.
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Two important things are conspicuously missing from the “dissent channel” cable on Syria are any discussion of whether proposed steps would be effective, rather than deeply counterproductive, or whether the recommended use of force against Syria would be legal.
The U.K. House of Commons Library has released a briefing paper on the "Legal basis for UK military action in Syria." The paper includes a full discussion of the implications of UN Security Council Resolution 2249, and cites to commentary from Lawfare's own Ashley Deeks.
You can read the full report here:
The UN Security Council has adopted Resolution 2249, condemning ISIS’s recent attacks and exhorting all states to prevent and suppress the group’s terrorist activities. The Resolution is in some ways a predictable, but contains a provision worth parsing from an international law perspective.
Russian assistance to Syria may negate the international legal basis on which the United States, Australia, Turkey, Iraq, and others have justified their intervention in Syria.