Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes


Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes

He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was only certain about intelligence that chlorine gas was used by Assad’s forces on April 7 before America’s strikes on Syria.

The Syrian government has denied involvement in the chemical attack.

Since last year’s strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting that the government may have adjusted its tactics.

“I urge all member states to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people”, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. He described the joint US, French and United Kingdom strike as “precise, overwhelming and effective”.

France’s ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, said Syria’s chemical weapons program must be dismantled in a “verifiable and irreversible way”.

Additionally, many analysts and media outlets said the tripartite attack on Syria had accomplished nothing but rather raised questions about the USA mission in Syria.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend. “Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!”‘

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s envoy to the United Nations, said the US, UK and France were “liars, spoilers and hypocrites” who exploited the United Nations “to pursue your policy of interference and colonialism”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of “trailing after Donald Trump” and insisted that the prime minister should have sought parliamentary approval first.

The Russian president called an emergency meeting of the United Nations security council to address the crisis.

President Trump claimed over and over during the 2016 campaign, despite copious evidence to the contrary, that he had opposed the Iraq War. New National Security Adviser John Bolton – who started work on April 9 – and Vice President Mike Pence were also on hand.

“Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible”, he added. There was unanimity among Trump’s top national security staff about conducting strikes but debate about how hard to hit the Syrians, the person said.

It was the suspected chemical attack which led the Western allies to order the missile strikes, which they lay squarely at the feet of the Syrian regime.

Haley told the UN Security Council on Friday that Assad and his Russian backers were to blame for the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians.

In a private meeting with Trump and national security officials earlier in the week, Haley was a leading voice pushing for a robust military response to the chemical weapons attack on humanitarian grounds, the person said.

U.S., French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, and the three countries insisted they were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in a seven-year civil war.

With the allies on board and the USS Winston Churchill arriving in the Mediterranean region, the attack was almost under way.

The strikes, launched from USA bomber jets, warships, and an attack submarine along with French and British fighter jets, ratcheted up tensions in the multi-sided conflict. The vessels were located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

That bid however failed, with only China and Bolivia voting alongside Russian Federation to condemn the air strikes. The bomber-launched missiles, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., had never been used in combat. This time the allied effort included a French frigate launching missiles and French and British fighter jets. Nine SCALP missiles were fired at what the Pentagon said was a chemical weapons storage complex at Hims-Shinshar, along with two SCALPS, nine Tomahawks and eight Storm Shadows. US President Donald Trump called the attacks an “enormous success”, tweeting that they represented a “mission accomplished”. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a “Mission Accomplished” banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years. Trump, like Bush, may live to regret using the phrase.

Assad was determined “to butcher his way” to an overwhelming victory and only the Russians could pressure him to come to the negotiating table in Geneva, Johnson said. He might well use them again.


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