US Warns of New Syrian Attack if Chemical Weapons Used Again
Apr 16 2018 by Desiree Burns
New U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation are coming as soon as Monday to punish the country for its support of the Syrian regime, Ambassador to the United NationsNikki Haleysaid Sunday.
The draft text "condemns the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the U.S. and its allies in violation of worldwide law and the UN Charter".
Russian Federation said it was being "threatened" and said the air strikes "will not be left without consequences" in a statement from its ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, posted on Twitter.
As auto horns blared, the crowd moved toward nearby Damascus University where pro-government fighters danced and waved their automatic rifles over their heads.
Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump on Saturday praised USA airstrikes in Syria, but some locals are saying America hasn't gone far enough. Its recapture marks the biggest victory for Assad's forces since the capture of the eastern half of the city of Aleppo in 2016. "Mission Accomplished!" The targets included a scientific research facility near Damascus, and two chemical weapons facilities outside the city of Homs, the USA military said, though reports said the buildings had been evacuated in recent days.Syrian state media reported only three people injured, while Russia's defense ministry said there were "no victims" among Syrian civilians and military personnel.According to U.S. officials, the operation involved three USA destroyers, a French frigate and a USA submarine. Le Drian called for the jihadist groups that dominate the area to be disarmed and for Russian Federation to order Syria to hold back from further assaults.
As if to underline the point, Assad's official Twitter account posted a video at 9 a.m. showing him walking calmly through marble corridors toward his office. "Good morning, steadfastness", the caption read.
"These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said Saturday.
The widely broadcast celebrations and the hastily organized police deployment in Douma appeared to be the government's response to the airstrikes.
"Such attacks will have no result but more destruction ... the Americans want to justify their presence in the region by such attacks", Tasnim quoted Mr Rouhani as saying.
"If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago!" he tweeted last Sunday as his defense secretary was preparing a military response. Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russian Federation of trying to protect the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
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The US air force confirmed on Sunday that B-1B bombers deployed at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar took part in the strikes. They ignored evidence showing that the incident might not have happened, and chose to strike hours before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was to start an investigation.
May in her statement called it a "limited and targeted strike". It must be about peacemaking and "pressure on those engaged in the war to curb the Syrian destabilization not just of civilian lives but also of regional peace and security", Milliband said.
Mohammad Alloush, spokesman for the Army of Islam rebel group that was expelled from Douma, tweeted that the airstrikes were a "farce".
Mr. Trump, who only weeks ago said he wants to pull USA troops out of Syria - there are roughly 2,000 there now - said Friday night the strike does not mean the US does not seek an "indefinite" presence in Syria. She said that the missile strikes should be expanded.
Syria fired roughly 40 missiles wildly into the air, after the USA and allied missiles had already landed, McKenzie said.
A pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers flying from Qatar under fighter escort launched 19 stand-off missiles. Syrians living in Vermont are also following the situation closely.
Air missile fire is seen over Damascus after a USA attack on Syria on April 14.
An AP reporter who went to the Center for Scientific Research on the northeastern edge of Damascus found the three-story building nearly completely destroyed and still smoking hours after it was hit.
"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.