Syrian air strikes are a warning to Russia - Theresa May

Cristina Cross
April 15, 2018

On Friday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a press briefing that the United States and Western countries continue their "indiscriminate and unfounded accusations" against the legitimate Syrian government over the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7.

U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad who is backed by Russian Federation.

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus in the early hours of Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said.

According to the USA, there were no civilian victims of the bombing raids.

"These are crimes of a monster", said Trump, adding that Bashar al-Assad's "recent attack... are a direct result of Russia's failure..."

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French President Emmanuel Macron said France had joined the USA and Britain in an ongoing operation of strikes to target Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

"Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality", Trump said.

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump said.

The French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said that the Syrian regime is using bad and destructive weapons against civilians, and that the list of its violations is long. Mattis and Dunford also said they know chlorine was used in the Syrian chemical weapons attack and would not rule out sarin gas. He continued by saying that the U.S. and its allies have demonstrated a blatant disregard for worldwide law. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said.

It does not appear that there are any follow up strikes now planned based on the available information at the time. "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".

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China said it was "opposed to the use of force" and called for a political solution and a a "return to the framework of global law".

Have Syria and Russian Federation responded?

Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. He has previously told his national security team he wants USA troops to exit Syria within six months.

The French presidency issued a video on Twitter showing what it said were war planes taking off as part of the intervention.

"We look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home". Trump's entire address on Syria airstrikesDuring his address, he also called into question the responsibilities Russian Federation and Iran have to protect innocent people. There is tyranny." He called the Middle East a "troubled place. "Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States", Trump said. "The US will be a partner and a friend". He said the fate of that region "lies in the hands of its own people".

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