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

United Nations body dismisses Russsia's attempt to condemn western allies "aggression" in Syria

United Nations body dismisses Russsia's attempt to condemn western allies

US, French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, and the three countries insisted they were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in a seven-year civil war. But we're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things.

The United States, France and the United Kingdom pounded Syria with air strikes and Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Mr Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Turks, Israelis and more have all been involved in Syria's bloodshed to varying degrees, turning it into a proxy battleground for various global interests.

What information about the strike remains unclear? Angus King (I-Maine) said on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper. The Pentagon later stated that "no Syrian weapon had any effect on Western strikes in Syria".

Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the USA did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

What was the result on the ground?

Syrian state media said the attack would fail and called it a "flagrant violation of global law".

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OPCW inspectors have raised questions about the SSRC since 2013, when Damascus joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to do away with its stockpile to avert threatened strikes under President Barack Obama. The third target was the Barzah Research Center, a military facility located near Damascus that conducted research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the action "was focused on degrading and deterring the operational capability and the willingness of the Syrian regime to continue to use chemical weapons".

She also said the US would "never" agree to direct talks with the Syrian regime, saying the government of President Bashar Assad is "not worthy" of one-on-one engagement.

The action was in response to a recent deadly attack in the town of Douma.

French President Emmanuel Macron explained the need for the airstrikes. The strikes were his first major military involvement since taking office past year.

In May 2003, less than two months after the US military launched its invasion and occupation of Iraq, President George W. Bush arrived on USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the co-pilot's seat of a Navy fighter jet.

Prime Minister May defended the strikes as "right and legal", highlighting that the goal had been "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering". Some 36 per cent supported the strikes.

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But Haley said the airstrikes accomplished their objective.

Israel described the strikes as an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and the Iran-backed Hezbollah. "But no, we are not going to have any one-on-one talks with Assad".

A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that "all military bases were evacuated a few days ago" after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.

However, it reminded people of Bush's statement aboard a naval ship in 2003, when he claimed: 'In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed'.

Iran joined Russian Federation in condemning the strikes.

Both countries have dismissed the reports of the alleged gas attack as bogus, accusing Washington of using it as a pretext for the strikes.

Haley said Assad was making the use of chemical weapons "more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

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