Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

'Mission Accomplished' In Syria Strikes

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC Tom Nicholson Global Look Press
Melinda Barton | 14 April, 2018, 22:50

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday the air strikes against the Syrian regime were "necessary and appropriate" after the suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens in Douma.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the USA -led strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities as an "act of aggression", Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatalloh Ali Khamenei tweeted that the attack represented "a war crime", and the Syrian Foreign Ministry described it as "barbarous aggression".

In a press conference on the Syria attack this morning, Mrs May said Britain can not allow the use of chemical weapons to be normalised.

White said that the strikes were launched to "cripple Syria's ability to use chemical weapons in the future".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorized British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action. "Its position in the Syrian conflict remains strong and the focus of the response to the USA -led strikes will be on regaining control of additional territories in the country".

"The aggression is a flagrant violation of global law, a breach of the worldwide community´s will, and it is doomed to fail", said state news agency SANA. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump said during a televised address on the night of April 13.

Syrian state media reported only three people injured, while Russia's defense ministry said there were "no victims" among Syrian civilians and military personnel.

Sami Nader, head of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs in Beirut, said "the sustainable involvement of the U.S.in partnership with France and the United Kingdom will be a counterweight to Russian Federation and Iran in Syria".

"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

Mattis said Friday there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault. "These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead". They also reinforced a global deterrent against Syria's blatant violation of worldwide norms with respect to using chemical weapons, said former USA ambassador to Syria Robert Ford.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says the USA and its allies launched strikes on Syria to derail an investigation into a purported chemical attack. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line". We thank them both.

China's foreign ministry said it objected to the use of force and warned that it could complicate the situation in Syria.

In his earlier address, President Trump had said: "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". Still, he said that does little to dissuade Assad from resorting to barrel bombs and continuing to "slaughter" civilians, so long as he "doesn't violate global norms".