Syria conflict: U.S. urges United Nations to condemn Russian Federation over chemical weapons attack

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The whole situation with the threats against Syria, made by the U.S. and its allies, resembles their previous aggressive actions, namely in Iraq and Libya, when the United Nations was used simply to justify their steps, the Russian envoy added.

At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, according to a Syrian relief group. The first represented by the more hawkish side with the U.S. president and Mr Bolton, and the second with the generals around Mr Mattis and Mr Dunford.

If the USA action follows the pattern of a previous punitive strike on Syria past year, it will begin with a salvo of cruise missiles fired from American warships in the Mediterranean, as Trump implied when he tweeted they would be "nice, new and "smart".

USA military action similar to last year's would likely not cause a shift in the direction of the war that has gone Assad's way since 2015 with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

At the White House, the options presented fell short of the president's expectations, and the Pentagon is expected to present an expanded list to the president on Friday. Britain also scheduled an emergency cabinet meeting.

Shortly after the meeting, Mr Trump called United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May and French president Emmanuel Macron. "The use of these weapons is not neutral, it says things about the regime and our reaction to the use of these weapons will say things about who we are", Philippe told parliament.

Global chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also said Syria will help the OPCW to investigate the alleged attack.

Downing Street confirmed late on Thursday that the ministers have agreed with Ms.

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Delattre, the French ambassador, added that the destruction of Syria's chemical program has to happen in a "verifiable and irreversible" way.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said before the vote that her delegation had tried hard to incorporate Russian proposals in the draft that would not compromise the impartiality of investigation. The Syrian regime and the rebels both denied responsibility.

In another clear signal at military planning, CNBC reported that the USA "was considering striking eight potential targets". Russian Federation backs the Syrian government with planes and troops.

The US confirmed on Thursday that the Assad regime was moving air assets to Russian airbases to avoid strikes.

Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States in Lima, his aide Jarrod Agen said, adding that the former lawmaker would also meet Venezuelan dissidents.

At Congress, Mr Mattis told lawmakers that the administration will notify the lawmakers ahead of any operation, without, however, seeking their approval. "Absolutely, yes. No question he should", general Milley said arguing to degrade his ability to use chemical munitions.

Speaking to reporters before the Security Council meeting, Britain's ambassador defended the strikes as an appropriate measure to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria.

Two drafts were proposed in response to recent reports that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

The strong language from Trump threatening a "big price" comes a few days after he had signaled he would be drawing down America's military presence in Syria, which has been engaged for more than seven years in a war that has claimed 500,000 lives.

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