Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran drone intercepted in Feb was on attack mission

Iran drone intercepted in Feb was on attack mission

Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter, "Honorable souls can not be humiliated".

For all of Trump's tough language this week, the variant he chose made no apparent effort to damage Assad's broader war machine or his government's command and control of its forces beyond its chemical weapons. A statement published by the official news agency expressed support for strikes to stop attacks by the Syrian regime against civilians.

Putin added Russian Federation would convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in response.

The US used Tomahawk cruise missiles in its strikes in Syria, which were fired at multiple targets in the country, a US official said.

"Despite the involvement of numerous large worldwide banks in past large-scale sanctions violations no banker other than Mr. Atilla has ever been charged for such conduct, much less sent to prison", Atilla's lawyers said in the latter. "They are crimes of a monster instead", he said.

The three countries defended the action at an emergency council meeting Saturday, with the USA vowing to take further action should the Assad regime launch another attack using weapons of mass destruction.

In a televised speech, Khamenei accused U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Teresa May of being "criminals".

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday the military action from the White House late on Friday.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to convene emergency meeting on Syria
The U.S. -led strikes on Syria are justified because of the "murderous actions" of the Damascus government, an Israeli official told the Associated Press.

Still, American officials said the attack was intended as a proportional strike aimed specifically at Syria's chemical weapons facilities rather than a broader set of targets and was a one-time, one-night assault to punish Damascus for a suspected gas attack last weekend.

The United States is vulnerable in northeastern Syria, where it has about 2,000 special forces deployed alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a mixed Kurdish and Arab force fighting IS and seeking to stabilized the northeast of the country.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from holiday to give authority to any military strike.

"These forces [Hashd al-Shaabi] are looking to enrich themselves financially by smuggling and exporting oil to get funds for the upcoming parliamentary elections in May", Jaff said, adding that the revenues from the smuggling operation went straight into the pockets of the organization's military commanders.

"The Trump administration literally slapped Bashar al-Assad on the wrist, and even worse, the Trump team seemed to justify al-Assad using non-chemical weapon means to win his war".

The tripartite military response comes as the Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has largely turned the war in its favor, retaking large swaths of territory from rebels since Russian Federation intervened in 2015.

Russia's ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in response to precision air strikes by the U.S., France and Britain in Syria Saturday that "All the responsibility for these consequences will fall on Washington, London and Paris".

"U.S, allies will not gain any achievements from crimes in Syria". Russia's initial fear may have been that Israel was acting on behalf of the U.S.to punish Assad for his chlorine and sarin gas attack, and outing Israel and warning the US was about Russian Federation establishing its own red line with regard to the American, rather than Israeli, actions in Syria.

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