United Nations council rejects Russian Federation resolution on Syria

United Nations council rejects Russian Federation resolution on Syria

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the USA was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until the Syrian leader ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Assad, Putin, Rouhani and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah have accused the West of using the strikes to sabotage an worldwide inquiry into the chemical weapons claims.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford said chemical weapons facilities were targeted by missiles fired from the sea and from aircraft. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it". Mattis said in the briefing.

"I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation", he said on Twitter Monday.

"The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity".

"Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message previous year", he said. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

It's believed up to 2500 Russian mercenaries work in Syria earning around 300,000 roubles per month as part of the paramilitary force which is reportedly under the control of the GRU, or Russian military intelligence.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would take "every possible precaution" but in a speech on Saturday the Pentagon revealed they had seen a staggering 2,000 percent increase in the number of Russian trolls spreading Kremlin propaganda in the hours following the airstrikes in Syria.

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The United States launched tomahawk cruise missiles from nearby Naval assets, as well as precision missiles from the supersonic, long range Lancer B-1B bombers.

According to a statement from the UK Ministry of Defense, the RAF fighters were targeting "a military facility - a former missile base - some fifteen miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention". "But this is also an attack on the status of Russian Federation as an ally of Syria and guarantor of political resolution in the region".

Syria has reported intercepting and destroying 13 missiles, though it seems likely that, even if true, that offered little reprieve from the barrage of ballistic munitions levied by the three nations.

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

Dunford added the "precision strikes" hit three targets.

President Donald Trump on Sunday said a US -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out". "Why at night? Why when we thought they were backing off from plans to attack?" "With support from Russian Federation and Iran". "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

"Neither us nor European neighbours need it", he said. On Friday, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned of "consequences" after the allied attacks.

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 global law. Is the USA really the only one that is going to dictate the rest of the world?

Russia's ambassador to the USA warned that there would be consequences for the strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Vladimir Putin denounced the strike after his ambassador to the United States stated the bombings have been an insult to the president because the three nations joined forces in response to the "evil and despicable crimes of a monster". The United States, with President Donald Trump's long-term strategy for the country still uncertain, is left as a less influential player.

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