US, France and Britain launch air strike against Syria

17 April, 2018, 20:21 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • Syria’s capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announce

Essia Atrous, the chief editor at the Arabophone Tunisian newspaper "Assabah" (The Morning), said the USA attacks on Syria were not a surprise.

"Last night, USA and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".

Haley said Trump told her the U.S.is "locked and loaded" should the Syrian government continue to launch chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

The new diplomatic push came after a stormy Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation, which branded the military action an "aggression" against Syria and sought condemnation.

Numerous protesters FOX40 spoke with say, the chemical attacks remind them too much of alleged "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq in 2003.

Britain believes "that is wholly within the principles and practices of the United Nations", she said.

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"When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red line", she said.

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari claimed that the Douma attack was a "masquerade" mounted by rebels.

U.S. envoy Haley also said that if Trump draws the red line, he enforces it and the USA will continue to sustain pressure on Syria. "The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited here and didn't report anything wrong with this place".

The airstrikes were triggered by an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma, just outside of Damascus.

Negotiations stalled on April 6, the day before the strikes. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump tweeted early Saturday.

"A significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack and we know that the Syrian regime has a track record of using chemical weapons against its own people", said Karen Pierce, UK Ambassador to UN.

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Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early on Saturday.

"This is not about regime change".

In Damascus, Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that Western missile strikes on his country were an act of aggression.

The vote reflected the deep divisions in the UN's most powerful body, which has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.

THE United States, France and Britain have launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria that also aims to see a return to diplomacy.

But France says it has conclusive proof that "chemical weapons were used and that they were used by Assad's regime". The operation targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities - one in the capital of Damascus and two others near Homs, near the border with northern Lebanon.

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Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with localized amounts up around 6 inches A light glaze of ice is also possible. In addition, strong northeast winds will gust to near 60 km/h giving local blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons programme under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation.

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