Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UN Security Council meets Saturday at Russia's request following airstrikes on Syria

UN Security Council meets Saturday at Russia's request following airstrikes on Syria

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Dozens chanted and held signs to demonstrate their disappointment in President Trump's decision to use military force in Syria without first letting worldwide organizations confirm the chemical attacks. We thank them both.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said. "Mission Accomplished!", Trump said in a tweet. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria. Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately.

The strikes "will significantly impact the Syrian regime's ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future", said Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the U.S. military's Joint Staff, though he noted a "residual" element remained.

"The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed", he said.

In a press briefing at the Pentagon Saturday, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. confirmed the three distinct targets - a research facility, a weapons depot and a command center.

On Saturday, McKenzie said the three allies' ships and aircraft in the Red Sea, northern Arabian Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean launched 105 missiles and hit all of their targets at around 4 a.m.

In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria".

"I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it", he told reporters.

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Syrian state TV carried live images of hourslong street celebrations with people dancing and chanting in support of their government's "steadfastness" following unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain on Syria.

Friday's strike was Trump's second ordered attack in Syria.

But it said skies were clear over Aleppo in the north, Hasakeh in the northeast, and Latakia and Tartus along the western coast, where key Syrian and Russian military installations are located.

Russia's ambassador to the USA warned that there would be consequences for the strike. "Our warnings have been left unheard.We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement. Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible.

"The way to do that is through worldwide diplomacy and cooperation", said Mandel.

But analysts question the reasons for these latest raids - which signalled that Western leaders would not let a chemical weapons attack go without punishment - but demurred about deeper involvement when barrel bombs are used. "Those responsible must be brought to justice", he said.

Saturday's airstrikes drew support from the European Union, Germany, Israel and other allies.

May 18, 2017: A U.S. airstrike hits pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan in southern Syria. Banna says the United States should have gone further with the strikes.

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