US, allied strikes in Syria bring heated response

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Turkey welcomed the air strikes targeting the Assad regime as an "appropriate reaction" in retaliation for the suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead.

White Helmets first-responders and Syrian activists have claimed the suspected chemical attack was carried out by the Syrian government on April 7 and killed more than 40 people in Douma, allegations that drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Fortunately, the US-led strikes were carefully tailored not to hit Russian or Iranian interests in Syria.

After the Pentagon said the strikes were over, Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov issued a statement on Twitter accusing the allies of "a pre-designed scenario" against Russia and Syria.

Maj Gen Konashenkov said Britain was "directly involved in the provocation". He keeps alive the idea that the United States can and should cooperate with Russian Federation without conditions and thereby permits the portion of Americans who constitute his base to ignore the threat Russian Federation poses. He said BZ was part of chemical arsenals of the U.S., Britain and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, while the Soviet Union and Russian Federation never developed the agent. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, striking a cautious tone hours after Trump's threat of missile strikes, said the United States was assessing intelligence about the suspected attack.

The US-led action "makes the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and brings suffering to civilians", Putin's statement says.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on US threatened military action in response to the alleged attack. She noted in the meeting that Russian Federation "has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons".

A member of Syria's pro-government forces walks past damaged structures in the town of Mudyara, formerly held by opposition groups, in the center of the eastern Ghouta region as regime troops carry on with their assault on the rebel-held enclave, just outside the capital Damascus. Another president would have repudiated a world vision where autocrats abuse their citizens with genocide, chemical weapons, or persecution without fear of global accountability.

Last April, when U.S. warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, Russian forces were warned in advance and pulled out of the target area, which was rapidly repaired.

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, majority involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

The strategy that unfolded this week included a deception in which Navy warships were maneuvered to persuade the Russians - falsely - that the ships would take part in a strike, the official said.

"Insulting the president of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible", added the envoy, after President Donald Trump directly called out his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over his support for the Assad regime.

The US administration is in turmoil, with vacancies or very new appointees in major national security positions and policy declared by Trump tweets sent in reaction to cable news segments. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

"Russia is calling an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions of the United States and its allies", the Kremlin said in an earlier statement. He talked, I believe, the day before yesterday with President Putin.

"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin in its first reaction to the strikes.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday that an Israeli attack on an air base in Syria on Monday would "not remain without response".