Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Syria Airstrikes: US President Donald Trump Says 'Mission Accomplished'

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Trump, while addressing the nation on Friday night, said the joint strike with France and the United Kingdom was now underway.

Syria's government on Saturday denounced Western strikes on its military installations as a "brutal, barbaric aggression" that violated global law.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, condemned Russian Federation on Friday over its support for Assad, saying before the U.N. security council that "Russia alone" was responsible for enabling the Syrian strongman.

The U.S. also warned Russian Federation about the airspace that the U.S. military would be using through a military communications channel it has been utilizing to avoid mishaps.

The targets, according to the General, are a scientific research facility in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a chemical weapons equipment storage and an important command post, also near Homs.

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war. The casualties were reported to be primarily women and children. Trump called the mission "accomplished".

Why did the USA strike?

"Again, we are being threatened".

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. responded by saying the attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences". "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added, an apparent reference to Trump's mention of President Vladimir Putin in his speech. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

In the days before the mission, there was concern Russia's presence in Syria could spark an escalation or even direct confrontation with the U.S.




She also said the strikes were not about "regime change".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US and its allies had committed a "major crime" in Syria.

Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, rejected assertions from Russian Federation and Syria that scores of the Western missiles were shot down. Attacking Syria is a crime.

After the massive airstrikes on Syria, US President Donald Trump hailed the attack on Twitter.

Earlier this week, Trump called the chemical attack in Douma "atrocious" and vowed that those responsible would "pay a price".

"The American, French and British aggression against Syria will fail", it said.

"We can not depend on what someone on the other side of the ocean takes into his head in the morning. Everybody's going to pay a price".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of worldwide law".

Jesselyn Cook contributed reporting.

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