President Trump announces strikes on Syria

15 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Gary Shelton
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The current escalation of the situation in Syria "has a destructive effect on the whole system of worldwide relations", the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that an emergency session of UN Security Council will be called over USA launched airstrikes.

The strike, as the US-led alliance says, were in response to the last week's suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma.

Syria's internal security forces entered Douma on Saturday, state media reported, saying the final rebel holdout on the edge of Damascus would be secured within "hours".

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

"This action was proportionate and targeted, it was not aimed at (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad's allies nor at the civilian population", Le Drian said in a televised statement.

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A total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched at targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry stated, noting that two U.S. warships carried out the attack from the Red Sea, as well as tactical aviation over the Mediterranean Sea and B-1B bombers from al-Tanf area.

"Again, we are being threatened". Russia's ambassador to the United States said Moscow had warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Russia's ambassador to the USA warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

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

The open meeting started at 11:00 am (15:00 GMT) and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the UN Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

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"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future". Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that the leaders of the US, UK, and France "committed a major crime" with the strikes and proceeded to blame the US for helping to create ISIS and unleashing it on Iraq and Syria.

A senior official in the regional alliance that has supported Assad in the Syrian war told Reuters the attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's foreign minister, called the US-led response "targeted and proportionate".

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said, thanking the United Kingdom and France for joining the U.S. in its fight against the Syrian regime.

"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". USA allies including France and Britain then quickly joined Trump in denouncing Syria and agreed there was a need to respond to the chemical attack.

Trump said Assad's recent attack was a fallout of Russia's "failure" to keep the promise of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons.

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