Thursday, 13 December, 2018

US says air strikes cripple Syria chemical weapons program

Trump US launched strikes on Syria Trump declares Syria airstrikes 'mission accomplished'
Kenny Thornton | 17 April, 2018, 19:12

She spoke after the USA led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country's years-long civil war. US President Donald Trump praised his allies in London and Paris for their "wisdom and the power of their fine Military". "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

The bombing, denounced by Damascus and its allies as an illegal act of aggression, was the biggest intervention by Western countries against Bashar al-Assad.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, '" Haley said at emergency Security Council talks.

After the airstrikes, Syrian armed forces carried out at least 28 strikes in the countryside of Homs and Hama followed by artillery shelling of civilian areas, according to the Syrian Civil Defense volunteer rescue organization, also known as the White Helmets.

"To be clear, the United States is also ready to take additional action in a sustained way to ensure that Syria understands that there will be a price to pay if they ever use chemical weapons again", Pence said. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against demonising Russia and said the air strikes raised the risk of a direct confrontation between United States and Russian forces in Syria for the first time.

One of the targets of US -led coalition airstrikes in Syriawas still smoldering late Saturday (April 14) afternoon, reports CBS News' Seth Doane, the only American network correspondent inside Syria.

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"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said. The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons. The Pentagon says destroying the facility sets the Syrian chemical weapons program back several years.

Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of an alleged chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said. "It is a common industrial chemical", said Daryl Kimball at the Washington-based Arms Control Association, who favors broad action to deter use of chemical weapons, including chlorine.

The ministry said the missile attack, carried out before daybreak Saturday and targeting research facilities in the Syrian capital Damascus as well as a military base in the central Homs province, "shows again these countries' disrespect for worldwide legitimacy".

A statement released by the Egyptian Foreign ministry condemned the use of chemical weapons.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry Saturday condemned what it called "the brutal American-British-French aggression. which constitutes a flagrant violation of global law".

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