What We Know About The Strikes In Syria

What We Know About The Strikes In Syria

What We Know About The Strikes In Syria

President Donald Trump announced the US, along with French and British allies, launched strikes against Syria after an apparent chemical weapons attack last week. The television report showed footage claiming to show government military police entering Douma, Saturday morning.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the US believed it would send al-Assad a strong message. The Syrian government and Russian Federation called this information untrue, while the United States and allies have blamed Bashar al-Assad for the attack.

In his statement, President Trump also reprimanded Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Syria in using chemical weapons against its citizens.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

He criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path". 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. "We are being threatened".

Russian Federation is one of Assad's strongest allies and has military bases in Syria.

"A large part of its chemical arsenal has been destroyed".

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At the council meeting Saturday morning, Russia's ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that the bombing "makes an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse".

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets. The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, branded Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron "criminals" following the joint military operation.

"U.S., allies will not gain any achievements from crimes in Syria".

"So we have no choice but to conclude that diplomatic action on its own will not be any more effective in the future than it has been in the past", she said, arguing that it was "both legal and right" to carry out the strikes in Syria. We can not purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny. "Everybody's going to pay a price".

Trump also called out Russia's promise in 2013 that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. They said a chemical weapons research facility, a sarin gas warehouse and another chemical weapons storage facility were the targets for the airstrikes. But Syria and Russian Federation have dismissed the reports as fabrications.

Assad made the remarks during a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who called Assad after the U.S-led attack on Syria, the state news agency SANA reported.

Alex Ward contributed reporting to this article.

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