Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

U.S. 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack

U.S. 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation that she had spoken to President Donald Trump earlier about the military action in response to an alleged chemical attack a week ago.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said.

Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a USA -led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

The UN Security Council met to talk about the strikes but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.

Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the draft resolution, Reuters reported.

USA ambassador to the United Nations discusses US -led strikes on the Assad regime in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attack, future of USA policy toward Syria, Russia and Iran.

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad. Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russian Federation of trying to protect the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Military strikes hit three targets: a warfare technology center and two chemical weapons facilities.

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - backed the resolution which called the USA and its allies' strikes an "aggression" against Syria. The Pentagon said a total of 105 weapons were launched in the operation. "We have to be conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted a message of support and said those who use chemical weapons "must be held accountable".

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said. The attacks left at least 42 adults and children dead. "They are unique threat, a type of weapon so evil that the global community agreed they must be banned".

Syria says it had given up its chemical weapons in 2013.

The Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying that Syria deployed Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, including S-125, S-200, 2K12 Kub and Buk to repel the attacks.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, slammed the strikes as a "military crime".

"While the available information is much greater on the chlorine use, we do have significant information that also points to sarin use", a senior administration official said on a call with reporters, citing reports from media, nongovernmental organizations and other open sources.

Meanwhile, Germany's chancellor said the air strikes are a "necessary and appropriate" response to the attack on Douma.

But George says a new government will risk religious freedom in Syria.

"Again, we are being threatened", Antonov continued.

"It's not satisfactory that these kinds of actions are now happening on a regular basis, where we can't get absolutely watertight proof publicly available in advance, rather than being told to trust the Government - and then an action like this happens". "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

In separate calls, the Prime Minister spoke to the U.S. and French presidents to discuss the offensive.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", he wrote.

The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force said four Tornado GR4s fighters jets joined in the operation, while France said it has deployed Mirage and Rafale fighter jets. Could not have had a better result. "Tonight, led by the Americans, the US, France and Britain acted appropriately", the statement said, according to the Times of Israel.

Mr Nebenzia responded saying the environment was "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and risky military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

Some in the Syrian community believe it was a small positive step in the right direction while others believe it will only cause more problems for the US and American troops in Syria.

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