Sunday, 22 April, 2018

How are the latest airstrikes different from last year's attack in Syria?

Damascus sky lights up with service to air missile fire Trump declares Syria airstrikes 'mission accomplished'
Kenny Thornton | 16 April, 2018, 03:43

Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has said the European Union stood by the US, France and Britain over their air strikes.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of global law", the foreign ministry said.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday that "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike Syria again if the country's regime continues to use chemical weapons.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

"Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of worldwide law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state", the Kremlin said.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, responded to the claims, saying Russian Federation was carrying out a "disinformation campaign" and the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Douma were not "fake news". Nor did they target intelligence capabilities, logistics sites, or other enablers of Syrian military chemical weapons efforts.

Haley said the U.S. successfully hit the heart of Syria's chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, it is confident that it has crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Rudskoi said Russian air defense assets in Syria monitored the strike, but didn't engage.

Syrian Downed 71 of 103 Missiles in Joint US, UK, French Attack
The allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were eager yesterday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Mr Trump. Turkey, on Syria's northern border, called the airstrikes "an appropriate response" to a recent chemical attack in Syria .

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expressed "full support for this action meant to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter further chemical weapon attacks against the people of Syria", the alliance said in second statement.

Le Drian said the information proved the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in an attack on April 7.

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - voted in favour of the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the 15-member council called by Russia on Saturday.

DAILY POST reports that air strikes by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday hit three targets that Western officials said were linked to chemical weapons development in the Damascus and Homs areas. She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.

"Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message a year ago".

But the war dragged on for many years after that and the banner became a symbol of USA misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly conflict.

But he appeared to conflict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain this response" if Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons. Russia, Assad's strongest ally, has used its veto power as many as 12 times to block United Nations action against Syria.

"Assad has established himself as a user of chemical weapons" from past attacks, the official added.

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