Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war

Russian lawmakers meet with Assad Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war
Melba Vasquez | 16 April, 2018, 23:18

On Saturday, US, French and British forces targeted three sites in Syria, which, according to US President Donald Trump, are associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president.

So far, officials say, two factors make them wonder whether the facilities were still central to Syria's program.

The Prime Minister will tell MPs on Monday that the strikes were in the national interest because the use of chemical weapons can not be normalised, including in the UK. In April 2017, the United States struck an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to face a backlash on Monday when she addresses parliament, which will be followed by an emergency debate, with some MPs angry the government joined the US-led mission without first seeking their approval. And there are no reports of chemical agent leakage from the sites, despite attacks by more than 100 sea- and air-launched missiles.

What information about the strike remains unclear?

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.

The France-led initiative also demands that the Syrian government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions" and allows weapons inspectors into the country.

Although Israel has at times urged stronger USA involvement against Assad and his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements in Syria, it voiced backing for Saturday's air strikes by Western powers.

What was the result on the ground?

He said relations between Britain and Russian Federation are "as bad as it has ever been".

The air strikes were triggered by an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma, just outside of Damascus. Mattis said that no follow-up strikes are planned, adding that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian and Syrian civilians nearby.

Where does the evidence on the gas attack stand?

In her TV appearance, Haley blamed Russian Federation for de-facto facilitating the alleged chemical attack in Douma through its support of the Syrian government. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

"We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons", she will say. Assad's main supporters are Moscow and Tehran.

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished.' I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back".

"It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria - and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used".

Whose has supported the strikes? They haven't laid out a strategy and military action shouldn't be taken as a one off.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he strongly supported the US, UK and France's airstrikes.

Turkey, who has opposed the Assad regime, called the joint airstrikes an "appropriate response to the chemical attack" in Douma. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

President Trump said Saturday morning airstrikes in Syria overnight were "perfectly executed", hours after he announced the USA, United Kingdom and France launched precision missile strikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last weekend.

Iran joined Russian Federation in condemning the strikes.

Following recent Airstrikes in Syria, local representatives in Congress are responding to the United State's action to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians.

It's urged the United Nations powerhouse to double all efforts towards a peaceful and non-military resolution in Syria.

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