Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Syrian air defences completely failed, West claims

Humam Akbik founded Atlantic Humanitarian Relief Humam Akbik founded Atlantic Humanitarian Relief
Ray Hunter | 16 April, 2018, 11:55

"I spoke to the president this morning, and he said if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in worldwide law.

The US Ambassador to United Nations also used the occasion to defend the usage of the words "mission accomplished", by the US President Donald Trump after he ordered the military on Friday to launch airstrikes on three sites in Syria.

Assad also declined to comment on calls by the USA state department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Zheleznyak said.

USA envoy Haley also said that if Trump draws the red line, he enforces it and the United States will continue to sustain pressure on Syria.

"We urge responsible nations to condemn the Assad regime and to join us in our firm resolve to prevent chemical weapons from being used again", Mattis said.

The attack was meant to send a message to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, as well as his allies Iran and Russian Federation, that use of the internationally banned chemical weapons would not be tolerated, but not to engage in the Syrian civil war, McKenzie said.

Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.

The Pentagon also says none of the missiles filed by the US and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments.

Russian Federation had also proposed a draft resolution condemning the US-initiated strikes of Syria which was only supported by China and Bolivia.

Humam Akbik has family in Syria
Humam Akbik has family in Syria

"The coalition strike in Syria is a measured response to Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons".

"This operation does not represent a change in USA policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

- The first was at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, the second at a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, and the third at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post. I support President Trump's limited action to target chemical weapons facilities and hold this brutal regime accountable.

Syria's air defense units shot down most of the air-to-surface missiles fired by the US-led military operation, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

"We need real long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria", he said.

File image of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction.

"Assad's commitment of atrocities using chemical weapons against innocent civilians can not be tolerated by civilized nations", said Rep. Newhouse.

He did not rule out sarin use.

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