Workers at Syria lab destroyed by missiles deny producing chemical weapons
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2018,
Apr 15, 2018, 10:21
US President Donald Trump and his allies in Britain and France on Saturday hailed their joint surgical strikes in Syria over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, and warned Damascus that another such attack would be met with renewed firepower.
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'The time for talk ended last night, ' Haley said. Those aren't the only difference between the strikes.
He stressed that if the building contained chemical weapons, as claimed by the United States, he and other colleagues could not be standing there after the strike without wearing masks. By contrast, in Barack Obama's past year in office, more than 15,000 refugees were resettled, which is still a paltry number compared to the 6 million people displaced since the civil war there began and far below what other developed countries have committed to.
Ordinary Syrians and rebel fighters say they do not think the missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain will swing the trajectory of the country's seven-year-old civil war against President Bashar Al Assad.
The U.S., United Kingdom and France sought to shore up global support on Saturday after overnight strikes on Bashar al-Assad's regime as punishment for an apparent chemical weapons attack, and as deterrence against future attacks.
"I just want to tell Mr. Trump directly: I'm a Syrian refugee who survived chemical weapons attacks, who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government", Eid said.
The Pentagon on Saturday echoed the President's assessment. "We'd wall ourselves off and strike at our discretion and then retreat to defending our homeland".
Whatever the rationale for using chemical weapons, even Assad's most persistent detractors agree he does not need them at this point in the war. He is eager to pull the last 2,000 USA troops out of Syria.
"Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the constitution", the letter read. Both countries have troops on the ground in support of Mr Al Assad, and the Russians have provided him heavy air and artillery support, something the USA has declined to do for the rebels fighting him.
"British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons".
"Last night, operations were very successful", Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said at a briefing Saturday morning. "Not only does it expand the amount of military capabilities but the significance today is much more political".
Syrian state media reported only three people injured, while Russia's defense ministry said there were "no victims" among Syrian civilians and military personnel.
"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme".
· Syria and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, have repeatedly called the alleged gas attack in Douma a "fabrication" used to justify military intervention. And one question that remains - despite the differences - is the level of impact.
Although the attack may send a message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about future chemical use, it is unlikely to bring the wider Syrian conflict, which has killed upward of half a million people since 2011 and destabilized the region, closer to an end. In many ways it feels like a repeat of the strikes Trump ordered in April 2017 after seeing pictures of "beautiful babies" killed in another suspected chemical attack.
"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.
Plastic gloves and face masks lay scattered in the rubble of a Syrian research lab destroyed by Western strikes, where an official denied the centre was developing chemical weapons.
Since 2015, Syria has benefited from the support of Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin.
The message in both cases has also been the same: that the strikes have damaged the Assad regime's capabilities, and that they don't indicate that the USA mission in Syria has changed.
"Our mission stays the same - it's to defeat ISIS".