Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war

What to Know About the US-Led Missile Strikes on Syria

Activists worry US airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'

Syrians on Monday walk through destruction in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria.

The attacks happened Friday and US president Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday calling it "A mission accomplished".

Her comments follow allegations by the head of an worldwide chemical weapons watchdog on Monday that Syrian and Russian officials cited "pending security issues" to keep independent inspectors from reaching the site of the suspected April 7 chemical attack.

In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, senior US administration officials said they had a large volume of clear and compelling information, both of chemical weapons use and of President Bashar al-Assad's culpability in the attack. Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack took place. He told reporters in Moscow that the inspectors could not go to the site because they need permission from the U.N. Department for Safety and Security.

"I'm afraid that is the unhappy corollary of this that if we say we're limiting our action to chemical weapons. then of course it follows that the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will", Johnson told BBC television. "Please be assured", Macron said in his interview, "we've convinced him that we had to stay on in the long term". "Over the last 18 months, Russian Federation has completely recovered the Syrian air defense systems, and continues its development". A week later, the government regained full control of the town following a surrender deal with the rebels there, and on Sunday it deployed another 5,000 security forces in Douma.

May on Saturday made her case for action in the face of opposition from much of the public and the Labour Party, saying in a further statement it was highly likely Assad's regime had used chemical weapons.

According to Petter Lycke, Sweden's representative at the OPCW executive council, Syria and Russian Federation told the inspectors that their safety could not be guaranteed.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, said renewed peace efforts should "begin with a ceasefire that is really respected this time". He said government officials met with the delegation, which has been in Damascus for three days, a number of times to discuss cooperation.

By August 2014, the chemical weapons previously turned over by Syria had been destroyed.




Following the recent attacks "we all know, Syria has maintained a secret chemical programme since 2013", the ambassador added, referring to the year when Syria finally joined the OPCW and admitted to stockpiling toxic arms.

The three allies have produced a draft United Nations resolution which also includes proposals for an independent investigation into alleged toxic gas attacks to identify perpetrators.

He convinced the US President to launch a precision strike of chemical weapons facilities. They also set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire. Last year, after a chemical attack in Idlib province, the US fired 59 cruise missiles at an airbase of President Bashar al-Assad. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said that new sanctions against Russian Federation would be announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday.

New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos" in worldwide relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation have sought to downplay the impact of the strikes, saying Syrian air defenses shot a lot of them down. Russia's defense ministry said more than 100 cruise missiles were fired.

On a Sunday TV program, he said Western leaders have no plans for additional attacks, but that could change if there are new chemical attacks.

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