With Bravado, the Syrian Government Responds to US-Led Attacks
With Bravado, the Syrian Government Responds to US-Led Attacks
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15 Апреля, 2018, 06:03
A Pentagon briefing later saidthe strikes had "set the Syrian chemical weapons programme back for years".
There was a mixed reaction from the Arab world to the US-led operation first mooted by Mr Trump a week ago following a suspected chemical weapons attack that left 75 people dead in the rebel-held town of Douma last weekend.
White said the us does not seek conflict with Syria but "cannot allow such grievous violations of global law" and attacks on innocent Syrians.
Damascus sky lights up with service to air missile fire as the United States launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.
- American Forces deployed B-1B Lancer bombers for last night's strike and used double the number of weapons than in a 2017 missile strike responding to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.
Syrian state media slammed Western strikes on Saturday as illegal and "doomed to fail", after the US, France, and Britain launched a joint operation against the Damascus government.
"If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria and we would not be here today", Haley said.
"Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump added.
"Could not have had a better results" Trump tweeted. Trump called the mission "accomplished". In the case of chlorine, it is permitted to possess it for civilian use, but not to use it as a weapon.
Jebelli further emphasized that regional countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, were not able to engage in a direct war against Syria, but gave money to the U.S. to wage wars.
"The area where the chemical weapon attacked happened", he said, "is an area where the Assad regime operates with the support of Russian Federation".
"Russia probably got an assurance that these strikes would only target the CW capability of the regime", he said.
Venezuela's government said it "energetically condemns" the attack on Syria, calling it a unilateral action that violates Syria's sovereignty and "the most basic norms of worldwide law". But he characterized the response by the three major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation powers as a clear signal that the use of chemical weapons would carry a price.
The United States and its allies "crippled" Syria's chemical weapons program - and Washington is "locked and loaded" to strike despot Bashar al-Assad again if he repeats use of poison gas, UN ambassador Nikki Haley said Saturday.
The Syrian military claimed that US, British and French aircraft and ships fired around 110 missiles but that very few had hit their targets. The targets appeared to steer well clear of any Russian personnel or equipment in Syria, where Moscow launched a military intervention in support of Assad in 2015.
"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" he said. But, she said, "We can not allow such grievous violations of global law".
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows smoke, rising after USA -led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons early Saturday. A U.S. spokeswoman said Friday the allies had "proof". Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi on Saturday said Russian Federation may consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria.
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There are now reports of Russian jets patrolling Syrian airspace, having taken back control of the area. Putin's foreign ministry has branded the attacks a "tremendous blow to the negotiation process".
Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability. Syria said the US, Britain and France launched around 110 missiles on Syria but air defences shot a lot of them down.
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