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15 April 2018, 04:06 | Erica Roy
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the meeting: "If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".
In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the U.S., Britain and France.
"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of global relations", Putin said. "Over the last 18 months, Russian Federation has completely recovered the Syrian air defense systems, and continues its development".
Defense Secretary James Mattis called the "atrocities inexcusable".
"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the USA president said in a televised address.
"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions of the USA and its allies, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for the UN charter and global law.
Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks after Russian Federation this week vetoed a U.S. proposal to create such a mechanism. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack. "This time our allies and we have struck harder", Mattis said. "The US will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons".
McKenzie said 105 USA and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three Navy ships and one Navy submarine.
A White House representative said that the strike was a "once off" attack. But the description from an ally described things differently. "We had high hopes", said Hussam, 40, who opposes the regime. "As always, they have served our country with the greatest professionalism and bravery, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude". It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program. The Syrian government has denied the accusations.
The Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia, meanwhile, said Washington had embarked on an "illegal military venture". He said the latest attack was created to destroy the Syrian regime's ability to produce chemical weapons. "It is not about regime change". UK Prime Minister Theresa May admitted there was "no alternative path" while French president Emmanuel Macrontweeted that a "red line has been crossed" by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. A later report held the government responsible for a third attack. The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria. One of these, the Barzah chemical weapons research and development centre near Damascus, was hit and "destroyed" by 76 missiles, 57 of them Tomahawks.
The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the USA and its allies' strike.
In a statement issued by the Kremlin earlier Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the emergency Security Council meeting and said the strikes had a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".
Why would the United States, France and Britain launch a strike so circumscribed that it is unlikely to accomplish anything but risk further engagement with Russian Federation?
White, the Defense Department spokeswoman, said the strikes did not "represent a change in US policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime". "Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks".
The Syrian government surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons during a process monitored by the OPCW in 2014. A broader question is whether the allied attacks are part of a revamped, coherent political strategy to end the war on terms that do not leave Assad in power.
The United States, along with Britain and France, bombed Syria on Friday night.
Trump has been leery of USA military involvement in the Middle East, and is eager to withdraw roughly 2,000 troops in Syria taking part in the campaign against Islamic State.
According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, Islamabad "condemns the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone".
"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said. "We look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home", he said.
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