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US Strikes Syria In Response To Suspect Chemical Attack

15 Avril 2018

She insisted the action against Bashar Assad's regime was a limited and targeted strike to degrade and deter the Syrian government and was not about regime change.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that the USA suffered no losses during the strikes, which "targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons".

Criticizing the United States and its allies for launching the missile strikes despite absence of any proven evidence regarding the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government, Iran's Foreign Ministry said America and its allies will assume responsibility for the regional and trans-regional consequences of this adventurism. "But Assad's actions were beyond the pale", the Department of Defense said on Saturday. He said the strikes were a direct response to the April 7 attack on Douma, outside Damascus, that rescuers and monitors say killed more than 40 people.

In his speech, he said that the United States and its allies would respond to Assad's "atrocities" through an integrated approach- using their combined military, economic and diplomatic power.

Assad has already consolidated control over most of Syria and its major population centers.

The PM has not ruled out further action if Syria continues to use chemical weapons.

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 United States military's Joint Staff, though he noted a "residual" element remained.

Despite Syria's commitment to abolish its program in 2013, USA officials say it is "highly likely" that Assad kept a hidden, undisclosed stockpile.

The US said it suspected sarin gas also was used.

The government certainly had enough advance notice.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

U.S. and allied strikes against Syria took out targets with materiel that could have been used to produce chemical weapons such as sarin, a senior USA official says.

Mr. Nebenzia also said that the Western powers should not have acted until a chemical-weapons inspection team, which arrived in Syria on Saturday, had been given a chance to do its work. He criticized the United States and its allies for launching the strikes without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the attack "necessary and appropriate". The Islamic Republic accused the three attacking nations of having no proof for the use of chemical weapons in Douma and criticized that the OPCW had not yet been able to probe the events.

"But I believe it should also be a message to others that the global community is not going to stand by and allow chemical weapons to be used with impunity". Here is a roundup of worldwide reactions to the recent joint airstrikes.

Turkey, who has opposed the Assad regime, called the joint airstrikes an "appropriate response to the chemical attack" in Douma.

But at the same time, he added, the U.S. will not allow the "ghastly specter" of chemical weapons use to return for the first time since its global banning in the aftermath of World War I.

Damascus and Moscow dismissed the Douma deaths as a Western fabrication meant to justify military action against Assad.

"All precautions must be taken to minimize harm to civilians in any military action", Raed Jarrar, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at rights watchdog Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

US Strikes Syria In Response To Suspect Chemical Attack