With Bravado, the Syrian Government Responds to US-Led Attacks


"That failure is largely due to Russian obstruction".

The Pentagon said the US-led military campaign on Syria took out the "heart" of the country's chemical weapons program - but that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still maintains "residual" capacity.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

The US, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

That attack, White says, hit a Syrian military air base and was meant to focus on Syria's ability to deliver chemical weapons. A senior administration official told reporters Saturday that while there was more publicly available evidence pointing to the use of chlorine, the US has "significant information that also points to sarin use".

Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted Assad's programs to develop and produce such weapons.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

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Vice President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again.

The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs believed to be the primary storage location of sarin gas in the country.

Even in a conflict already as debased as Syria's vicious civil war, there must be worldwide norms and laws that civilized nations enforce.

"We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every global norm that we stand for".

This year, the US and its allies had three targets: two storage facilities and one research center believed to be associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program.

"Russia's veto was used as a green light for Assad to use chemical weapons". A similar strike for similar purposes at a similar time previous year didn't deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from repeatedly and illegally using the banned weapons.

Last year, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from the guided missile destroyers USS Porter and the USS Ross struck Syria's Shayrat air base.

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Explosions are being heard to the east, west and south of Damascus as the USA, United Kingdom and France conduct airstrikes in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government on its own people. Some of those more than 40 Syrian missile interceptors, he suggested, might have hit civilian targets. However, McKenzie acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted. "I'm not going to say that they are going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future", McKenzie said. But I think the lesson has been learned'.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said the US targeted the Barzah research center after officials "assessed that there probably some chemical or nerve agents in that target".

"It does not exist anymore".

President Trump's advisers have apparently convinced him to leave USA forces in Syria for a little while longer to battle the Islamic State. "We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets".

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the USA military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them".

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that a target of the strike was the Syrian government's "clandestine chemical arsenal".

He added, "But since this was blocked by Russian Federation, there was no other alternative".

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