Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Response to Syria strikes suggests USA and Russian Federation lack hunger for fight

Response to Syria strikes suggests USA and Russian Federation lack hunger for fight

Hours after striking Syria, the United States, France and Britain on Saturday (April 14) launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

President Donald Trump's outrage over another apparent chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad was clear.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

The comments come a day after the United States launched targeted airstrikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria in coordination with the British and French.

The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted. USA defence chief James Mattis said later that "right now, this is a one-time shot", rejecting to rule out further strikes against Syria.

Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday. The third target was a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post, also west of Homs, Dunford said.

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Haley said the U.S.is "locked and loaded" for another missile strike if there is another chemical attack in Syria.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest. Instead, according to a person familiar with White House war planning, they were part of a plan to distract Russian Federation and its Syrian ally from an assault Assad's government could do little to defend itself against.

"Now all the areas attacked by chemical weapons are in the hands of the regime and so evidence could be destroyed", he said. We hit the sites, the heart of the [chemical] weapons program.

U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, a Republican, praised Trump's action saying in a statement, "Assad must pay a price for ruthlessly slaughtering his own citizens with chemical weapons". Russian forces in Syria fired no missiles, he added.

The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly toxic gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago.

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"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said.

The Pentagon said one of the targets was a scientific research centre located in the greater Damascus area, which it said was involved in the development, production and testing of chemical and biological weaponry. "These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said.

On Capitol Hill in Washington, however, the strikes ignited a fresh debate over the scope of the war on terror and just how far the Trump Administration can commit USA forces to an undeclared war in the Middle East.

"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump wrote. "We know a chemical weapon was used".

Mr Trump said "no amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East". "We can not purge the world of evil, or act everywhere there is tyranny".

He called for urgent and transparent investigations by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to ascertain facts. "They just determine the substance", Ms Nauert added.

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