Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' in Syria airstrikes

Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' in Syria airstrikes

She said President Donald Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

France's foreign minister has threatened further missile strikes against Syria if Bashar Assad's government uses chemical weapons again.

The result is missile and air strikes by the U.S., France, and Great Britain on three supposed chemical weapons factories.

Last week, more than 40 civilians were killed in a suspected chemical attack in Douma outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The Syrian government has denied responsibility and Russian Federation has suggested Israel or Britain was to blame, supposedly to justify increased Western intervention into the war-ravaged country.

Russian Federation circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action.

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"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the United States and its allies", Putin said.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", said Mattis, adding that White and Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie would speak "in effort to maintain transparency and accuracy".

He says when the USA eventually pulls out, he hopes President Trump will have a more concrete plan in place to ensure so many years of loss and destruction are not in vain.

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law", she said, referring to the suspected chemical attack. "The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries.

The strikes "will significantly impact the Syrian regime's ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future", said Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the USA military's Joint Staff, though he noted a "residual" element remained. "When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red line".

The Syrian civil war is not in its seventh year. "Sarin gas is one of the banned war weapons according to global treaties but the Assad regime has been killing people over the past seven years using all kinds of weapons".

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U.S. military officials said the air strikes took out "the heart" of Syria's chemical weapons facilities, but it remained to be seen how Syria would respond. But unrest in Iraq continues: Obama sent troops back to the country to fight ISIS in 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a meeting of the UN Security Council.

"Russia's veto was used as a green light for Assad to use chemical weapons".

Haley said the airstrikes did not change USA strategy in Syria.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said his country regretted that the strikes came "at a time when the worldwide community was waiting for an inquiry team to be sent to verify" the chemical arms claims. In a calculated show of defiance, the presidency posted a video showing Mr Assad apparently turning up for work following the attacks.

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