Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

United States 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack

United States 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack

A perfectly executed strike last night.

This year, the USA and her allies locked in on three targets, all believed to be associated with the regime's chemical weapons program, compared with just one target, an airbase, last year.

Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog swarmed to Douma to begin a gruelling inquiry into the horror gas attack after Russian Federation and Syria shrugged off as non-existent. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized".

■ February 7: The US military launches rare airstrikes and an artillery assault against Syrian government-backed troops after as many as 500 fighters started what appeared to be a coordinated attack on US-backed Syrian forces and US advisers in eastern Deir el-Zour province.

Last year, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from the guided missile destroyers USS Porter and the USS Ross struck Syria's Shayrat air base.

Defence Secretary James Mattis said the Assad regime had again chose to "defy the norms of civilised people" with the chemical attack, and that the intelligence-led strikes focused specifically on the regime's chemical weapons capabilities.

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When asked whether the UK had communicated with Russian Federation ahead of the strikes, May said: "This is not something that the United Kingdom has been involved in". The targets included chlorine and sarin gas research facilities and the allies met no significant resistance from Syrian air defenses, the Pentagon said, contradicting Russian claims that the majority of the missiles had been intercepted.

· British Prime Minister May cited reports that said the Syrian government had used barrel bombs to deliver the chemical weapons.

The draft calls the "aggression" a violation of worldwide law and the United Nations charter and demands military action stop "immediately and without delay".

The United States allies in the attacks are France and Britain.

"Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message a year ago", Mattis said.

Drawing a link with the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Mrs May added: "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere". Trump, who previously warned of a "big price to pay" for last week's chemical attack in Douma, said the air strike was meant to deter the spread and use of chemical weapons. "We acted to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity".

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The US, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting. "This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as US Defence Secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

He again criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area. "This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, questioned French intelligence which concluded that a suspected chemical attack took place and said if any chemical stock were proven to be there, "Russia would be the first to want to stop such an attack".

The U.S. has denied that assertion and called the group's mission "essential" to a complete understanding of what chemical agents were used.

· France said the strikes had destroyed a "large part" of Damascus' chemical weapons stock.

The Pentagon said America is ready if anyone should retaliate.

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