Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

UA Professor reacts as Trump strikes Syria

UA Professor reacts as Trump strikes Syria

The US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria", Ms. Haley told the council.

The combined US, British and French assault appeared to be more intense than a similar strike Mr Trump ordered nearly exactly a year ago against a Syrian air base in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapons attack that Washington attributed to Assad.

Naval and air forces from the three countries hit three primary targets, including a chemical weapons research facility outside Damascus and a weapons storage facility near Homs, General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.

Rudskoi said the US actions in Syria were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syria repelled the Western attack by air defense complexes made in the USSR over 30 years ago.

NBC News could not verify that claim.

Dr. Leila Hudson teaches Middle East Politics with an emphasis on Syria. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

"Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message previous year", Mattis said. "We greatly regret this", he said.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he added.

The Syrian regime acknowledged it held a stockpile of chemical weapons that are banned under worldwide law though, since then, it has denied using them.

But a USA official familiar with the military planning said there could be more air strikes if the intelligence indicates that Assad has not stopped manufacturing, importing, storing or using chemical weapons, including weaponized chlorine. Syrian television reported that air defenses responded to the attack.

"Based on recent experience", he said at the conclusion of his remarks, "we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime".

USA defense sources said at least one United States warship in the Red Sea participated in the Syrian airstrikes.

French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said all French aircraft had returned safely from their mission.

The Associated Press reported that hundreds of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital, honking their auto horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed the unprecedented joint airstrikes.

Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets using Storm Shadow missiles had taken part in the attack on a military facility near Homs where it was assessed Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

In a statement later on Saturday morning in London, May said the United Kingdom was "confident of its success".

Mrs May has faced criticism from across the political spectrum for failing to recall Parliament and put the plans to a vote.

Meanwhile, Germany's chancellor said the air strikes are a "necessary and appropriate" response to the attack on Douma.

"I believe this was the right thing to do".

It further said "the worldwide community has responded decisively with legal and proportionate military force".

The British Prime Minister insisted that military action against Bashar Assad's regime was a limited strike in response to the "harrowing" chemical weapons attack in Douma and was not about regime change.

"With regard to the Russian concerns, we specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford said.

She said Russian Federation had used its veto power in the United Nations Security Council to prevent a proper global investigation of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in its ongoing civil war.

French President Emmanuel Macron said there was no doubt the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical attack in Douma. "This was not about interfering in a civil war".

However, Iran - another key ally of the Assad government - condemned the strikes.

Speaking today she also hit out at Russian Federation for vetoing United Nations attempts to take action against the Syrian regime, even vetoing an independent investigation on the attack in Douma.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday afternoon that Trump "is going to hold the Syrian government accountable". "Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

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