Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

U.S. recklessness in Syria

For residents of Syrian capital attack comes as a disorienting predawn barrage of light and sound US-led airstrikes on Syria and its consequences
Glenn Montgomery | 16 April, 2018, 11:56

Addressing the council, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

U.S. President Donald Trump praised the military strike on Syria as a "perfectly executed" operation and said it was aimed at ending the use of such weapons of mass destruction.

"We deployed 105 weapons against three targets that will significantly impact the Syrian regime's ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future", said Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Director of the Joint Staff during a Pentagon Press Conference Saturday.

The ambassador reiterated that it wasn't an empty threat because when Trump draws a red line, he enforces that red line. Defence secretary Gavin Wiliamson told BBC Radio 4: "Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future, but also it sends a clear message to the Syrian regime that they can not continue to use chemical weapons with impunity".

Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the United States and its allies.

The Pentagon also called Syria's "air defense" ineffective.

Responding to the horrific images after a chemical attack on the people of Syria, the United States and its allies launched a missile attack Friday night.

Russian Federation filed a draft resolution condemning the missile attack as a violation of global law and the UN Charter, and demanding the USA and its allies cease aggression against Syria.

Dunford clarified the difference between the strikes a year ago and yesterday is the focus on production of the weapons instead of aircraft used as a delivery method of the chemical and biological weapons.

The US Defense Department said in an earlier news release that the first airstrike targeted a scientific research center in the greater Damascus area that was being used to research, develop, produce and test chemical and biological agents.

The United Nations Security Council rejected a Russian resolution that would condemn "aggression" by the USA and its allies against Syria on Saturday.

A delegation of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, is tasked with investigating an April 7 attack on Douma, just east of Damascus.

The demonstrators questioned the real objective of the United States military operation. He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said. The West blamed Bashar Assad, as well as Russian Federation.

"You can keep burning people alive and dropping barrel bombs over cities, but don't use chemical weapons, because it will make us look bad".

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

He did not rule out sarin use.

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