Syrians gather along the streets of Damascus to condemn the air strikes
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 23:41
AMERICA, Britain and France fired a barrage of missiles at targets inside Syria on April 14th.
"Last night operations were very successful", White said in a press conference Saturday.
Mr. Assad said the airstrikes would "only increase the determination of Syria and its people to continue fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country", according to Syrian state TV. It said that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its Hmeimim air base and naval facility in Tartus. Analysts and diplomats said the strike was unlikely to shake Assad's hold on power or change the trajectory of the conflict. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.
Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.
"I think it is right that the worldwide community has come together and said we will not accept this", she added.
May in her statement called it a "limited and targeted strike".
Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed. The U.K. Defense Ministry said the strikes were "successful".
"It has always been Bulgaria's position that no cause justifies the killing of innocent people, including children; that the use of chemical weapons is a war crime and the strike on Syrian targets was a response to a war crime".
The allied attack set off a fierce global debate about whether it was justified.
"Our worst apprehensions have come true".
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg is among those to have backed the intervention - saying "the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable" - while the Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said: "We are being threatened". Trump also called out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that Putin had guaranteed an global agreement for Assad in 2013 to get rid of all his chemical weapons.
The strikes appeared to have taken place far from Russia's bases near the Syrian coast.
U.S. aircraft including B-1 bombers and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple United States defense officials.
"This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May said at a press conference, calling the military action "right and legal".
French authorities said the allies don't seek any military escalation, nor confrontation with Russian Federation. American and French officials say they warned Russian Federation in advance.
Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were to begin work there on Saturday. "Russian Federation must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations... hopefully some day we will get along with Russian Federation and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".
Numerous conservative commentators have lambasted the president for breaking one of his main campaign promises of not participating in military intervention in the Middle East. Thousands of people are also retweeting some of Trump's previous comments warning against military action in Syria.
"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added. - Tweet by European Council President Donald Tusk.
Sen. Murray said the she had questions that needed to be answered.