Assad 'in a good mood' despite missile strikes on Syria

18 April 2018, 12:47 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Syrian state TV says another 5,000 security forces are deploying in a town near the capital that was brought under full government control a week after an alleged chemical attack.

"We've successfully destroyed three buildings in metropolitan Damascus, one of the most heavily defended airspace areas in the world", he added.

Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels. It is in America's national security interests to deter the use of chemical weapons, and the global community must not look the other way as Assad continues to murder his own people.

The White House said Trump spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron later on April 14.

Analysts suggested Assad's regime would respond to Trump's threats by protectively moving weapons and personnel away from likely targets. Syria's seven-year civil war presents few fast or easy solutions for the US, yet the geopolitical rivalries at play, the presence of the Islamic State group and other extremists, and the atrocities perpetrated by the Assad government make the situation impossible to ignore.

Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and unsafe military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

Raising alarm at this serious escalation, Kuwait called on the UNSC members to set aside their differences and to show a unified position instead, in order to shoulder their historic responsibilities of maintaining worldwide security and stability, the source said. "Now, I want to hear from the president, the military, and our diplomatic leaders on the strategy moving forward". New National Security Adviser John Bolton - who started work on April 9 - and vice-president Mike Pence were also on hand.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said sidelining parliament was "a serious mistake", while leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas accused May of timing the strikes to "avoid a debate in parliament", which she described as "outrageous".

Haley said she had spoken to President Trump, who said if the Syrian regime uses "this poison gas" again, the United States is "locked and loaded".

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that the military strikes were "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention".

The research center is located in the Barzeh neighborhood near Damascus and is comprised of scientific labs and an educational center, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

No military measures were immediately announced, but in a clear warning to the US and its allies, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said Moscow could boost Syria's Soviet-era air defense assets with batteries of state-of-the-art S-300 missiles.

With the allies on board and the USS Winston Churchill arriving in the Mediterranean region, the attack was almost under way.

"For, by moving with speed, and in coordination with our close allies, we were able to protect the vital operational security of the mission". They blame Assad's government for the attack. Russia's more advanced air defence system didn't engage the allied weapons. The ministry reported that a total of 103 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired, 71 of them were shot down by Syria's air defense units. The bomber-launched missiles, build by Lockheed Martin Corp., had never been used in combat.

After the middle-of-the-night attack on Syria, some USA television commentators poked fun at Trump's use of the "Mission accomplished" term, first used in 2003 by former President George W. Bush, who claimed prematurely and wrongly that the US had successfully completed its military attack on Iraq. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of United States missiles previous year.

In the U.S., the President was slammed for his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished!' in a tweet following the airstrikes.

He took to Twitter on Saturday morning and wrote "Mission Accomplished" - adopting a phrase that haunted President George W. Bush during the Iraq war. "Use often!" Trump wrote. The country remains a toxic brew of foreign forces, militias and terrorist groups. He might well use them again.



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