Pentagon Officials Describe Syria Strikes, Hope Assad Gets Message


On Friday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his country along with France and Britain had launched coordinated military strikes against three targets in Syria.

The extent to which the volleys of cruise missiles set back Assad's chemical weapons program is also in doubt, because the Pentagon acknowledged that the strikes had not targeted all of the facilities involved in the development and production of such weapons.

The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago.

The Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying that Syria deployed Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, including S-125, S-200, 2K12 Kub and Buk to repel the attacks.

The UN Security Council has rejected a resolution tabled by Russian Federation calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

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At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the US and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation".

Jordan said only a political solution would guarantee stability and territorial integrity of Syria while continued violence will lead to more violence, conflict, fighting and displacement whose victims would be Syrian people. United States officials said the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off from there.

Ms. Haley added that President Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again. Al-Quadri, who is now in England working on a Master's degree, said she had hoped that this time, the United States would respond with more force to put more pressure on Assad. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.

The Syrian civil war is not in its seventh year.

The strikes are "a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law and the charter (of the UN Security Council) and an outrage against a sovereign state which will only worsen the conflict in (Syria) and the region", it added.

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He added, "But since this was blocked by Russian Federation, there was no other alternative".

McKenzie defended the attacks in response to questions about the proof that Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians.

"I support this targeted response to Assad's horrific use of chemical weapons against his own people, and we are right to act with our allies Great Britain and France against this violation of global law".

President Bashar al-Assad has been in power in Syria since 2000.

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The one-off missile strike in April 2017 targeted the airfield from which the Syrian aircraft had launched their gas attack. Barack Obama had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action.