The US military, assisted by forces from the United Kingdom and France, launched the strikes targeting chemical weapons operations this morning Australian time to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons against his people.
“Nor has the case for justifying the Prime Minister’s apparent willingness to intervene in a conflict that doesn’t affect this country without involving Parliament”, the paper says.
Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a “significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime”.
Mattis said he was not aware of any USA losses, and added, “Right now we have no additional attacks planned”.
Syrian television reported that air defences responded to the attack.
The Syrians said as many as 16 people were killed in the strikes, including nine civilians in the surrounding area.
“We were very precise and proportionate”, Mattis said.
He said there was a heightened “danger of escalation” because of the Russian military presence in Syria. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that a “red line has been crossed” with the Douma attack. Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were fakes staged with “Britain’s direct involvement”, without providing evidence.
The envoy’s comments came after the US heaped condemnation on Syria and its main backer Russian Federation since images emerged of the suspected poison gas attack that allegedly killed dozens in Douma on Saturday. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.
The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks. The medics, however, said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning, according to the statements. The White House said he would consult further with allies.
When: Saturday 14 April 2018 at 17:30hrs.
Syrian state TV called the attacks a “blatant violation of global law and shows contempt for worldwide legitimacy”. He didn’t elaborate or name the state. Trump’s personal attack on Putin in the wake of the chemical attack comes as the latest in what Moscow sees as a string of provocations.
The Russian ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, accused the United States and its allies of reckless Middle East warmongering by threatening Syria with military force.
Syria’s military has repositioned some air assets to avoid fallout from possible missile strikes, USA officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon.
“To make some headway in resolving the conundrum of the Syrian civil war there must an articulation of a clear strategy in public”, the paper said.
Trump chastised Syria’s two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting “murderous dictators”, and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 global agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.
What has Trump said about the attack?
It’s in retaliation for the suspected poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people on April 7.
Mattis said that Russian Federation, who has allied themselves with Bashar Assad’s regime, was not consulted or warned about the airstrikes.