Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Before and after: satellite pictures reveal damage of Syria strikes

Before and after: satellite pictures reveal damage of Syria strikes

Many European leaders and the prime minister of Canada voiced support and understanding for the USA -led airstrikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate.

And then there is the issue of motive: On the verge of victory after a brutal and costly war, does it make sense that Assad would opt to commit the one sure thing that would unite the worldwide community against him, draw airstrikes by the United States and its coalition partners-and perhaps more? The truth is that, despite these air strikes, the war is getting worse, not better, and the ferocious debate we are having in this country is nothing but a sideshow.

On April 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom delivered a massive strike on Syrian targets in bypassing of the United Nations Security Council. - China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. We also need to have a pause and allow the chemical weapons inspectors to do their job.

Mrs. Sanders aid USA policy in Syria "hasn't changed".

President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Monday it was ready to cooperate and facilitate the work of the OPCW team, but did not say when they would go to the site. - Australian Defense Minister Marisa Payne.

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The UN Security Council did not adopt a resolution from Russian Federation on Saturday that would have condemned the U.S. and its allies for a joint military strike on Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Bulgaria now holds the rotating European Union presidency.

Demonstrators gathered in major cities across Iraq on Sunday to protest US -led airstrikes against Syria in protests called for by Muqtada Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who led the Mehdi Army that fought USA forces after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003. "The EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice".

Sunday morning, the president was back on Twitter defending the tweet.

Russia, which is Syria's strongest military ally, repeatedly warned the US against carrying out Friday's strikes, and the operation dealt a significant blow to already fragile US-Russia relations. The strikes were his first major military involvement since taking office a year ago. - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg. A Pentagon spokeswoman said there was no USA military activity in the area.

Beginning in 2011, the United States and the United Nations have enacted economic sanctions on Syria to penalize al-Assad from using weapons against his own people. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "How", asked Gabbard, "does going to war with Russian Federation over Syria serve the interests of the American people?" - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying more must be done to hold the Syrian regime accountable for the hundreds of thousands it has killed using conventional weapons.

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While Germany did not take part in the action against Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she supported steps taken by the allies.

"This was a limited and targeted action to strike the capacity of building or diffusing chemical arms".

Officials added that the strikes took out the "heart" of Syria's chemical weapons program, but that Assad still maintains "residual" capabilities.

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian regime's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

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