US, France, Britain Launch New UN Bid For Syria Chemical Weapons Probe

Apr 24, 2018

After an attack on eastern Ghouta in 2013 that killed more than 1,000 people, Assad agreed to give up all his chemical weapons as then U.S. President Barack Obama threatened military actions.

Some leading Democrats accused Mr. Trump of “unconstitutional” military action and argued that he should have come to Congress before ordering the attack.

Alongside sanctions expected on Monday, the US has launched strikes against Syria alongside the United Kingdom and France, with more than 100 missiles launched at three targets on Friday in a move Trump tweeted about on Saturday suggesting that the strikes meant it was “mission accomplished” in Syria. “This is my country of origin, so it’s very hard to hear we are bombing Syria”, said Akhras, 45, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Syrian Community Network. “Obama needs Congressional approval”.

“No one voluntarily left, they all were forced to flee”, she said. Previous 9/11-related authorization doesn’t cover strike on Syrian gov’t. The Pentagon says destroying the facility sets the Syrian chemical weapons program back several years. It is about ISIS and deterring Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump declared, “Mission Accomplished!” on Saturday after the USA and its allies hit at least three chemical and biological weapons facilities in Syria with more than 120 missiles in a coordinated pre-dawn attack.

Russian Federation has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, and is considering supplying new S-300 missile systems to its ally Syria – which it recently declined to do so, under pressure from the West. But the United Nations has documented dozens of chemical attacks since then and opposition activists claim the government has carried out hundreds of attacks with chlorine, which isn’t illegal to possess but is prohibited for use as a weapon.

The French president said he was working closely with the USA on a possible response.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron took credit for convincing Trump to change his mind about pulling out of Syria.

That appeared to contradict Trump’s own pledge that the United States, France and Britain would sustain the military campaign until Assad stops using prohibited chemical agents.

Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels. “Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward”.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the attack was an act of aggression against a sovereign state and that the U.S. and its allies have demonstrated a blatant disregard for worldwide law.

“It’s more of like a slap on the wrist to Assad”, said Hala Alkattan.

He said Russian Federation and Syria are united in trying “to protect global law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people”. Russian Federation said on Saturday it would consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria following the Western strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

The U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk land attack missile in the overnight hours, April 14, 2018.

“This aggression will only make Syria and its people more determined to keep fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country”, he said.

Syrians wounded in the city of Aleppo. Credit kafeinkolik  shutterstock


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