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Pro Syria demonstrators protest US military strikes

17 Avril 2018

He also said he convinced his United States ally in the strikes, Donald Trump, to limit the targets to chemical weapons sites and for the USA to "stay in Syria in the long term".

Syria has deep, horrific problems beyond chemical weapons, however, and the Pentagon acknowledges it didn't even take out all the country's chemical weapons.

White said the attack on innocent civilians in Douma "demanded a response", and the allies targeted the Syrian regime's chemical weapons infrastructure.

Kori Schake, deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told NPR's Morning Edition on Monday that "this is a problem that you're going to have to keep paying attention to, because every time Bashar al-Assad needs a battlefield victory that he can't achieve by conventional forces, he employs chemical weapons to terrorize the rebels into submission".

The leaders will be expected to answer for their decision to join the U.S. in launching missiles at suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria, in an attempt to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the alleged chemical attack.

Assad still has his jets and helicopters.

Assad also stated that the U.S. -U.K. "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way".

"For we can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere".

Russian Federation has used its veto 12 times at the Security Council to block action targeting its Syrian ally. "They did not change anything on the ground".

"We fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters after the strike.

Regionally, at the Arab League summit over the weekend, the strikes were discussed and Iraq was one of the few countries to condemn them.

Satellite image © 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company. On the other hand, Mr. Trump has dragged the US deeper into the Syrian civil war. "They are unlikely to alter the overall trajectory of the Syrian civil war and will not prevent Assad from continuing to slaughter his rebelling population with conventional munitions".

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, was expected to strike a similar tone in a TV interview planned for last night.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria, but Johnson warned Assad that all options would be considered if chemical weapons were used against Syrians again.

Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin according to the Western powers.

By August 2014, the chemical weapons previously turned over by Syria had been destroyed.

The US maintains that Syria fired its missiles after the strike, possibly in an attempt to save face.

A pro-Assad poster in Idlib, Syria.

But by January 2014, there had already been "delays in transporting the chemicals along the main highway between Damascus and Homs". The world is no closer to finding peace there. And if the Russians don't reject Assad's brutal regime, they should pay a price in relations with this country.

Donald Trump said "mission accomplished" on Saturday.

Pro Syria demonstrators protest US military strikes