Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Local Syrian reacts to airstrike on Damascus

Local Syrian reacts to airstrike on Damascus

The U.S. military says the Barzeh complex in Damascus was a "center for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons".

He repeated his claims before the chemical weapons attack on the former rebel-held town of Douma on April 7 that sparked the reprisal attacks by the US, France and Britain. The US said the overnight missile attacks have crippled Bashar al-Assad's chemical weaponry.

President Donald Trump called the joint military action "a perfectly executed strike".

The UK, France and the USA are pushing for an independent investigation into allegations that Syrian Government forces are using chemical weapons - a day after launching air strikes on the war-torn country.

Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites.

European leaders sought to capitalise on the attention on Syria Sunday with attempts to co-opt Russian Federation into a fresh diplomatic push to end seven years of fighting.

He says he hopes there is no need for additional strikes against Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons in the future.

Arab League should try to solve regional problems instead of blaming Iran
Leaders of Arab nations are calling for an worldwide investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria. It further condemned the government of Iran for ignoring the sovereignty of other countries.

Haley told Fox News, "If Assad doesn't get it" after Saturday's barrage of 105 missiles fired by the U.S., Britain and France at three Syrian chemical weapons facilities, "it's going to hurt".

Even supporters of the strike said the decision could be on shaky legal ground because the president's authority under the Authority for Use of Military Force has not been updated since 2001. "The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited here and didn't report anything wrong with this place".

"We'll see how smart he is", Haley said.

He was speaking to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities.

Mr Sablin also said Mr Assad accepted an invitation to visit the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi in Russian Federation.

Haley said the U.S.is "locked and loaded" for another missile strike if there is another chemical attack in Syria.

Russian Federation said on Saturday it would consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria following the Western strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

In a joint operation with the United Kingdom and France, chemical weapons sites, including a storage facility and a research base, were targeted in the pre-dawn hours, constituting the largest military intervention so far since the civil war began.

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