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Syria says Western attack 'doomed to fail'

Lisa Bryan | 14 April, 2018, 21:32

Parly said cruise missiles were fired and an air raid was launched from multiple air bases in France, the AP reported.

No more attacks are planned, said Mr Mattis, unless Mr Assad uses chemical weapons again. He then accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, which poses a threat to global security.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

Syrian state media said air defenses were activated to block the attack as it published images of smoke clouds hanging over the capital. He said the fate of that region "lies in the hands of its own people".

Russian Federation has claimed that none of its forces were injured in the attacks and that Syrian air defences shot down numerous missiles.

Turkey's foreign ministry said the airstrikes were "an appropriate response to the chemical attack".

Poland's foreign ministry said on Saturday that the global community could not remain passive in the face of repeated chemical weapons attacks against civilians in Syria.

Air defences in the country are said to have struck back, but the U.S. reported no losses.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted Saturday.

Russian Federation could have more of a motive to retaliate, Pollack said, even though before last year's attack on Assad's airfield, USA forces warned Russian Federation in advance.

In Paris, Emmanuel Macron said the strike was limited to hitting the "Syrian regime's capabilities to produce and use chemical weapons".

The twin-engine Tornado GR4 is the UK's main ground-attack aircraft, and they were armed with Storm Shadow missiles, an air-launched weapon that carries a 400 kilogram (900 pound) warhead as far as 400 kilometers (250 miles).


White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday afternoon that Trump "is going to hold the Syrian government accountable".

French President Emmanuel Macron said France contributed to the US -led Syrian attacks because the "red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed".

Meanwhile, his British ally, Prime Minister Theresa May, has been captaining a sinking ship since the Brexit vote, and is keen to appear strong and decisive, especially since the suspected Russian nerve agent attack on defector Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last month.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response. The barbaric and intolerable use of chemical weapons should never go unchecked.

"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said.

Missiles were launched at around 2am Irish time, targeting military bases in the country which are thought to be connected with the Syrian chemical weapons regime.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks as he speaks to the nation, announcing military action against Syria for the recent apparent gas attack on its civilians, at the White House, on April 13, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Donald Tusk, the head of the council of European Union leaders, said the EU would stand with "our allies on the side of justice" against Iran, Russia and Syria.

Russia's ambassador to the United States responded by saying the attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences".

Washington, Paris and London have nevertheless insisted that their own secret intelligence points to Assad's guilt, and on Friday, a USA spokeswoman said they had "proof".

A cartoon of President Trump is seen on the back of a dog during a demonstration Saturday in Ummayad Square in Damascus to condemn the strikes carried out by the United States, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. Syrian rescuers and medics said the attack on Douma killed at least 40 people.

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