Russian Federation fails in United Nations bid to condemn US-led strikes on Syria

US, UK France launch 'precision' air strikes on Syria in wake of chemical weapons attack

USA officials said they hope the strike will serve to deter Syria's government from using chemical weapons in the future.

Hours after striking Syria, the United States, France and Britain on Saturday (April 14) launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons. "Mission Accomplished!" he declared.

Another administration official laid out evidence on Saturday for the United States' conclusion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was behind the chemical weapons attack; that included eyewitness accounts of Syrian government helicopters circling the site of the attack on April 7 and high-resolution photos that "clearly" documented asphyxiation and foaming at the mouth.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", she said.

More than 100 missiles - double the number in last year's attack over Assad's use of sarin gas - hit the three targets, Pentagon officials said. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retains "residual" capacity, but gave no details about what could be left.

Responding to the horrific images after a chemical attack on the people of Syria, the United States and its allies launched a missile attack Friday night.

It remains to be seen if Russian Federation will eventually move to align Syria with the 2013 agreement.

The trilateral operations came with questionable legitimacy due to the lacking of proof that could show Syrian government behind the chemical attack, and has been widely criticised by Syria, Russia and Iran, among other nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the strikes would have "a destructive effect on the entire system of worldwide relations".

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Ms Haley said. "We are not scared of America's missiles". The mission is in retaliation for last Saturday's suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children.

"When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.

Nonetheless, Al Ali said he supported any USA action because of the possibility that a severe strike might pressure Russian Federation to hasten its efforts for a political solution in Syria. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity". None of the more sophisticated air defenses that Russian Federation has positioned in Syria were employed, he said.

Syria fired 40 unguided surface to air missiles - but only after the Western strikes had ended, the Pentagon said.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

"They lost a lot of equipment. They lost a lot of material, and that's going to have a significant effect".

"If the American strike were serious, the Russians would instantly intervene", said Suhayb Al Ali, a journalist from Homs province.

Syria disputed even the most basic facts about the assault. Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

The Pentagon also said that it was not aware of any civilian causalities at the time. US officials said no one was hurt there. The mission, according to Pentagon officials, has "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to manufacture chemical weapons.

The Syrian air defences not only missed the incoming missiles but they kept firing even after the last US, British and French strikes were complete. "No local resident confirmed the chemical attack".

Russian Federation in November used its veto three times to bury a previous UN-led inquiry which found that Syrian forces had dropped sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April a year ago.



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