Chemical Attack: US, UK, France Bomb Syria

Kelvin Reese
April 15, 2018

Describing the strike as a deterrent, Trump said the United States would maintain pressure on Syria until the Assad regime suspends use of chemical weapons. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said.

In Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the strikes have been portrayed as a violation of global law and undermining Syria's chances of peace.

"On April 14, the United States backed by its allies carried out a missile strike against military and civilian infrastructure facilities in Syria".

In a televised address from the White House, Trump said he had ordered USA armed forces to launch "precision strikes" associated with Assad's chemical weapons capabilities.

All 12, it said, had been downed using Soviet-made air defense systems.

In a speech she gave a vivid description of the victims of the chemical strike that killed scores, huddling in basements as gas rained down. Trump attributed the attacks to Russia's inability to stop Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores worldwide law", White said.

"Mission Accomplished" he remarked, as it was announced all USA missiles hit three targets that were involved in the production, development and storage of chemical weapons.

"Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of worldwide law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state", the Kremlin said.

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Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the USA believed it would send al-Assad a strong message. Macron's office said he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concern about the deterioration of the situation in Syria and calling for more dialogue with Moscow.

Earlier on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron also said France and its partners "will renew their efforts at the United Nations to allow the establishment of an global mechanism to establish responsibility, prevent impunity and prevent any recurrence by the Syrian regime".

In his statement, President Trump also reprimanded Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Syria in using chemical weapons against its citizens.

President Donald Trump addressed the nation and says the goal was to of the actions.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilised nations as a force for stability and peace". "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

McKenzie said that none "of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

Among the more bombastic tweets was that of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham who wrote, "We should apply "3 strikes, you're out" to the butcher of Damascus".

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described the use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent", but stressed that member states must act in accordance with "international law in general".

Trump had tweeted a similar statement last Sunday, saying that Russian Federation and Iran are responsible for backing Assad's regime.

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