We Are Still "Locked And Loaded", US Warns Syria

Michele Moreno
April 16, 2018

The US, Britain and France struck military positions and research facilities linked to chemical weapons in Damascus and Homs overnight to retaliate against their suspected use in an April 7 attack on a rebel-held suburb of the capital.

White also said the United States is "very confident" that the Assad regime was behind the chemical weapons attack on civilians.

Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

The Russian-led response to the strikes, though limited to words, comes amid days of building pressure and talk among United Nations diplomats of a potential new Cold War.

The draft resolution by the US, UK and France would establish an independent investigation of allegations of toxic gas attacks in Syria with the aim of identifying the perpetrators.

What do we know about the strikes themselves?

Meanwhile, Russia's defense ministry said Saturday the Western strikes claimed no victims among Syrian civilians or military. The inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will try to determine whether chemical weapons had been used in the Douma attack.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed. Corbyn said. "The legal basis. would have to be self-defence or the authority of the UN Security Council".

On the humanitarian side, the measure demands medical evacuations and safe passage for aid convoys to be allowed to all areas.

The Syrian military late Saturday declared Eastern Ghouta, the former rebel enclave of which Douma is the main town, fully retaken after a blistering two-month assault. A military official said "all the terrorists have left Douma".

U.S. President Donald Trump again praised the decision to carry out the air strike in a tweet on Sunday, reiterating his claim that the missiles had delivered on their intended objective.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", she said, adding that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will announce the sanctions on "companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian leader Bashar al-] Assad and chemical weapons used".

In a statement to the Commons, she will also set out her justification for the decision - arguing that it was done to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks.

President Trump thanked the United Kingdom and France for their "wisdom and power", saying the strike could not have "had a better result".

With President Donald Trump declaring "mission accomplished" after allied airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Sunday said the president was referring only to the narrow task on Friday. Russian Federation claims that 71 of 103 missiles fired were shot down, although the Pentagon says that is not true.

The Pentagon on Saturday echoed the President's assessment.

ยท UK Prime Minister Theresa May described the strikes as "limited and targeted" and said that four fighter jets had fired missiles at the base west of Homs. "It's about sending a message on the use of chemical weapons".

The Prime Minister will tell MPs she acted "in Britain's national interest" by ordering airstrikes on Syria as the Government calls for an emergency debate on the issue. Indeed, we have been calling for Parliament to be recalled since last Wednesday.

"I think it is completely understandable that the president would feel that, given this crisis situation, he would need to be at home", Freeland said, adding that the Canadian delegation is looking forward to its meeting with Pence. Russian president Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

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