Damascus defiant after US-led strikes on Syrian government installations


Speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program, Haley said the sanctions are imminent, targeting Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend. It is still unclear how effective the strikes will be against Syria's regime.

Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a briefing on the actions in Syria and said the Syrian regime has continued to ignore global law and use chemical weapons in attacks murdering woman and children and other innocent civilians.

"President Assad's use of chemical weapons and attacks on civilians are inexcusable, inhumane, and illegal".

A group of Russian politicians has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose mood they describe as good a day after Western airstrikes. "It is a common industrial chemical", said Daryl Kimball at the Washington-based Arms Control Association, who favours broad action to deter use of chemical weapons, including chlorine. While American special forces have fought alongside the Kurds in driving the ISIS terrorist militia out of Syria's northern provinces, Bowen said the Kurds have in recent months themselves been attacked by soldiers and militias backed by Turkey, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

KHQ will continue to update this list as statements from other officials are sent into the newsroom.

A 2015-2017 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had found the Syrian government used sarin in an April 4, 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon.

"Last year, President Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line".

Syria says it had given up its chemical weapons in 2013.

Damascus defiant after US-led strikes on Syrian government installations

"We don't need more military action, we need all worldwide parties to push for a political solution", said Boulad.

"Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack".

At a Pentagon briefing on April 14, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical-weapons infrastructure" were struck.

McKenzie defended the attacks in response to questions about the proof that Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians.

The first of the targets was a research center near the capital city of Damascus; 76 missiles were launched against the center.

In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again.

April 6, 2017: In retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria that killed almost 90 people, the United States fires 59 Tomahawk missiles at the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria. "This was not about interfering in a civil war and it was not about regime change".