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

Trump says Syria strikes "perfectly executed", declares "Mission Accomplished!"

Trump says Syria strikes

The move signaled the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation that hit sites Western officials said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme.

What's unclear is where that red line now stands. Last year, after a chemical attack in Idlib province, the USA fired 59 cruise missiles at an airbase of President Bashar al-Assad. The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russian Federation for enabling Assad's government to continue using chemical weapons.

Socialist Unity Centre of India activists in Kolkata burned an effigy of Donald Trump as they protested the strikes.

"In particular, it seems far from clear to me that there was overwhelming evidence widely accepted by the worldwide community that this had to happen so urgently and also that there was no practical alternative - even when the chemical weapons inspectors were on their way into Syria". "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again". Yet he made no mention of a possible Russian military response.

"Every city in the Middle East that has a water purification system probably has some chlorine". He says the use of chemical weapons violates worldwide treaties, and the military response Friday night, was necessary.

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Whether or not Mr Assad is deterred by the latest strike-and warnings of more to come if he continues gassing his people-it will do little to alter the the course of Syria's civil war.

Or perhaps there would need to be a series of violations, as was the case before April 7, prior to any USA action.

Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow that what is hampering a speedy resolution of the mission's visit to the Syrian town of Douma, affected by the alleged chemical attack, was "the consequences of the illegal, unlawful military action", a reference to the punitive airstrikes.

The OPCW, an independent worldwide body, is now in Damascus on a mission to establish what happened in Douma after reports emerged from the area on April 7 of people killed and injured by toxic chemicals during shelling by the Assad regime's forces.

He did not rule out sarin use.

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Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said new sanctions would be imposed on Russian businesses that helped the Assad regime make and deploy chemical weapons.

A senior Russian diplomat has said inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog can not access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate United Nations permit. While the use of chemical agents against civilians can not and must not go unpunished, the manner in which the USA and its allies have acted raises serious questions. It blamed Islamic State militants for mustard gas use.

The Security Council held an emergency meeting earlier at the request of Russian Federation, which failed in a bid to condemn the air strikes. Moscow slammed the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.

More than 100 missiles were launched at 2am Irish time on Saturday morning at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus, a weapons storage facility near Homs, and a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post. "Public estimates are as high as 200", she said.

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