Trump Responds to the Air Strikes on Syria, Tweets "Mission Accomplished"
Apr 16 2018 by Desiree Burns
USA officials said the strikes were in self-defense.
Sharif Shehadeh, a former Syrian lawmaker, said by telephone from Damascus that the attack was a victory for Syria.
Syrian forces vacated key military airports and positions in recent days and have been on high alert after U.S. President Donald Trump warned his country would respond to the suspected chemical attack last weekend.
Trump had said Friday that the United States is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". Syrian state media called the attack a "flagrant violation of worldwide law".
Russian Federation and its close ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma exists. It is about ISIS and deterring Assad's use of chemical weapons.
Earlier Friday, Canada became the latest country to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.
■ April 6, 2017: In retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria that killed almost 90 people, the United States fires 59 Tomahawk missiles at the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria.
The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago.
Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the US, UK and France had undermined worldwide peace and security, and asked the Secretariat to distribute copies of the UN Charter to the three nations in order to "enlighten themselves, and awaken themselves from their ignorance and tyranny".
The strikes were prompted by the "Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, including women and children", it added. Russia, Assad's strongest ally, has used its veto power as many as 12 times to block United Nations action against Syria. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", said US Ambassador Nikki Haley.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the strikes a "necessary and appropriate military intervention".
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". "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Mr Trump said in a televised address as the attacks were being carried out.
The three strikes targeted a research center in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.