“The aggression by the arrogant and hegemonic Western regimes was a result of their frustration at the failure of the conspiratorial project against Syria”, the state-run SANA news agency said, citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official.
Trump also accused Russian Federation and Iran of being “responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing” Assad’s regime: “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children”, Trump asked.
A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters that the Syrian government and its allies had “absorbed” the attack, and that targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russian Federation.
Haley said that the president would not be rushed into a decision. Putin added that the strike had a “destructive influence on the entire system of global relations”.
Photos showed missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria, and witnesses told CNN they heard explosions in the capital Damascus as Trump was making his address.
These targets were decided on with the goal of minimizing impact on Russian forces and civilians, according to the JCS.
Rudskoi said the USA actions in Syria were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region.
The Syrian Armed Forces said in a statement that 110 missiles were fired on Syrian targets and that the country’s defense systems “intercepted most of the missiles, but some hit targets including the Research Center in Barzeh”.
Dr. Leila Hudson teaches Middle East Politics with an emphasis on Syria.
“Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message a year ago”, Mattis said. I am grateful to our British and French allies for joining us in this action.
In April 2017, the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation to a chemical attack that killed over 100 people.
“A new round of strikes will most likely impose costs and degrade the regime’s capability to launch such (chemical weapons) attacks by damaging Assad’s remaining air force”, she wrote. Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad’s government stopped its use of chemical weapons. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later announced that no additional attacks were planned, however. It’s being blamed on the Assad regime.
“Good morning steadfastness”, one broadcaster said.
Moscow warns Washington against carrying out a “military intervention on fabricated pretexts” which “could have the most dire consequences“.
The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians. The government said there was a significant body of information indicating that the Syrian regime was responsible for this.
“A plan for ending the crisis must be found, with a political solution”.
He noted that Russian Federation has in the past refrained from providing Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missile systems at the insistence of the West, but could reconsider this decision now. “I think that’s what the president is trying to do and I think he did the right thing”.
“We do not seek confrontation and we refuse any possibility of military escalation and that is the reason why, with our allies, we have insured that the Russians were warned beforehand”, she said.
For the second time in just over a year, the world’s most powerful military has attacked Syria, but this time the stakes are much higher.
French President Emmanuel Macron agreed with May’s sentiment and said “the red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed”.
A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were on route to the site of the alleged attack before the strikes were launched against Damascus and Homs. “We are ready to start working right now with all countries who want to participate”, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a press conference.
However, she said that the military action is not about intervening in Syria’s civil war or changing its government, she said.
However, Iran – another key ally of the Assad government – condemned the strikes. Britain has accused Russia of being behind last month’s nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, a charge Moscow has rejected.