Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

The U.S. -European operation was broader than last year's, hitting three targets rather than one Syrian air base.

McKenzie defended the attacks in response to questions about the proof that Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians.

US President Donald Trump announced the joint action against Assad's regime from the White House late Friday.

Saudi Arabia, a key regional ally of the West, has expressed "full" backing for the US-led strikes against Syria and other USA allies Jordan and Egypt called for a political solution while Iraq warned the move could give terrorism an opportunity to expand in the region. He added that the USA expects the Syrian government and its allies to conduct a "significant disinformation campaign", which the Pentagon would rebut with additional information Saturday morning. It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

"That's a fairly narrow intent".

Pence says he's hopeful that Russian Federation and Iran will "once and for all abandon chemical weapons" against innocent civilians. And now it's over.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, says the USA -led airstrikes against Syria has been "a very serious blow". The planes took off from an RAF base in Cyprus.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump bragged.

The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development.

Reaction has been mixed in France to President Emmanuel Macron's decision to join the United States and Britain in launching strikes against the Syrian regime. Beyond his tough words, though, was a restrained order that critics say lacks a master plan.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said. "Right now, this is a one-time shot, created to set back the Syrian war machine's ability to produce chemical weapons".

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq. The strikes come one week after reports of a grisly chemical attack in the town of Douma that killed more than 40 people.

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The chief US partner in the country, the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, remains uncertain about American intentions. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from U.S., British and French officials.

When asked if there would be more military action against Syria, he said he thought the Western strikes had so far had sufficient effect.

Defence experts broadly agree the US -led strikes were important for showing American resolve.

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of global law", she said, referring to the suspected chemical attack.

He added that such actions "further aggravates the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria" suffered by the Syrian people, indulges terrorists who have been "torturing the Syrian people for seven years, prompting a new wave of refugees from the country and the whole region".

"Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message previous year".

The strikes targeted three areas of Syria: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

Already, the US missile strike of April 2018 may be struggling to differentiate itself.

Mattis declined to say whether he thought the attack would prevent Assad from using chemical weapons again.

"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 told the U.N. Security Council.

"This is a missed opportunity that Trump did not seize the moment".

Mattis and Trump made sure to specifically mention they were not targeting foreign interests, but were deliberately going after the Assad regime's chemical-weapons capabilities. Apparently left untouched, however, were delivery mechanisms for those chemical weapons, which might include conventional weapons such as rockets, missiles, artillery shells and helicopters.

The strikes "successfully hit every target, " Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a briefing.

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