Freeland blames chemical-weapons attack on Syrian government ahead of United States attack


The U.S. strikes likely successfully degraded Syrian chemical weapons capabilities.

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

She said President Donald Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

Angela Merkel also said it was needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the global rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

"Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of global law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state", the Kremlin said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin severely condemned the attacks saying that the strikes violate the UN Charter and global law. Meanwhile, Russia's defense ministry said Saturday the Western strikes claimed no victims among Syrian civilians or military.

The Secretary-General also said that global investigators are ready to visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma where several militias and armies are fighting proxy wars. It is about ISIS and deterring Assad's use of chemical weapons.

On Friday, April 13, President Trump announced that the United States had launched air strikes on Syria, in coordination with France and the U.K., CNN reports.

A statement from the Pentagon said that at least 58 missiles struck Syria's Shayrat airbase.

Looking ahead, France's UN ambassador Francois Delattre said France, Britain and the United States would soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

She said she authorised British action after intelligence showed Mr Assad's government was to blame for the April 7 chemical attack.

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It is our goal "to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things", Haley said.

Syria and its allies condemned the attack and Russian Federation called a meeting of the UN Security Council last night to discuss what it described as a blatant disregard for global law.

Bowen called Rojava, the Kurds' name for the part of Syria they control, "a peaceful and democratic community" where Muslim sects, Christians, and members of other Syrian groups have sought refuge from warfare between Assad's allies and Islamist rebels.

Early Saturday morning, the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical weapons sites in Syria. But there was a clear warning that if the Assad regime resorts to chemical weapons again, then further strikes may well follow. Hill says in 2013, the Russians promised to oversee the withdrawal of chemical weapons from Syria.

She said: "We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every worldwide norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered".

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