Thursday, 26 April, 2018

US Warns of New Syrian Attack if Chemical Weapons Used Again

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Sammy Stanley | 16 April, 2018, 03:41

"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack. and are responsible for the regional consequences", said foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi.

Syrian internal security forces entered Douma on Saturday and later said the town had been fully retaken.Jaish al-Islam, the group that held Douma, said it only abandoned the town because of the chemical attack.Ahmad, a 25-year-old mechanic who had been displaced from Douma, told AFP the Western strikes were nevertheless too little, too late."Assad won't collapse". "I'm not going to say they'll be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future". But we're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things.

She spoke after the USA led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country's years-long civil war. The Russian vetoes have been one of the main irritants in strained relations between Washington and Moscow, with Western diplomats accusing Russia of trying to protect the Assad government.

"And they also sent a strong message to Syria, to Russian Federation, to Iran, when this president has a red line, he will enforce it".

Eid had also appeared on CNN in April of 2017, after President Trump authorized a retaliatory strike on Syria for a similar chemical attack, and offered an emotional "thank you" to a president who was willing to challenge the brutal regime under which he had lived.

The OPCW will determine whether chemical weapons were used, but will not assign blame. We were not looking for war.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it". "This was not muscle flexing". So, we put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Trump is analyzing situation over Syria
There was no immediate confirmation or indication from Assad's government that Syrian troops entered Douma on Thursday. The Kremlin spokesman is warning the US and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria.

Sanders and Haley both said the administration has three goals: to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization; to contain Iran; and to stop the spread and use of chemical weapons. "They went out to destroy critical chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria, and they did exactly that".

Trump has told military commanders to quickly wrap up operations so he can bring the about 2,000 troops on the ground home within a few months, but Haley insisted there was no deadline.

The team will work with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security ensure the safety of the team, it said. "So this was very strong attack on the chemical weapons program", she said.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the missile strikes. They are not worthy of talks with the United States.

Russian Army Colonel Gen. Sergey Rudskoy put a number to the claim, telling reporters that 71 of the cruise missiles were intercepted by Syria's air defense systems.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", the French leader added.

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, he said: Unless we act there is a risk of moral contamination, a coarsening and corruption of what we have until now thought to be acceptable.

The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.

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