Syrian Government Claims Minimal Damage from Tripartite Attack

Apr 15, 2018, 00:57
Syrian Government Claims Minimal Damage from Tripartite Attack

He said Russian Federation is calling for an immediate U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the US and its allies.

As he spoke, at least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus on Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", he added.

The US president said the US is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was expected to head to Douma, where the suspected attack took place and where Russian Federation said rebels had now capitulated to government control.

In response to the threats, Assad said Thursday that a potential retaliation would be based on "lies" and would seek to undermine his forces' recent advances near Damascus.

The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war.

Syrian state television said government forces had shot down more than a dozen missiles, and claimed only the research facility in Damascus had been damaged. All week, as Trump has recalled with horror to aides the images of ashen, lifeless Syrians - victims of the suspected chemical attack outside Damascus - he has pressed for decisive action, according to USA and Western officials familiar with the discussions.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off. However, Syrian air defense systems intercepted the majority of the attempted strikes, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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The U.S. also warned Russian Federation about the airspace that the U.S. military would be using through a military communications channel it has been utilizing to avoid mishaps.

Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France had proof the Syrian government carried out the Douma attack and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered.

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep". "Mission Accomplished!" he declared. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators". "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Anatoly Antonov, ambassador to the United States, said in a statement.

Syria's government on Saturday denounced Western strikes on its military installations as a "brutal, barbaric aggression" that violated worldwide law. The allies remained in close consultation, he said.

May said while the strike was targeted at Syria, it sent a message to anyone who used chemical weapons.

But she also emphasized the limits of the operation's goals, reflecting the reluctance in London as well as Washington to become too immersed in the fratricidal war in Syria. "It is not about regime change".

The US and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria.

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