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Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria

17 Avril 2018

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

The resolution involves finishing the compound weapon program and using the stockpiles destroyed, a cessation of hostilities and compliance with all Security Council resolutions, acquiring the Assad regimen reunite into Geneva talks and liability to the use of the weapons and other war offenses from Syria.

Meanwhile, the Russian military said Syria's Soviet-made air defence systems have downed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by the U.S. and its allies.

"You don't rush decisions like this", Haley told reporters, adding that if there is haste "you make a mistake".

But US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis struck a cautious note, telling lawmakers that the need to "stop the murder of innocent people" had to be weighed up against the risk of things "escalating out of control".

Syria and Russian Federation have denied that the attacks happened and said they were staged by the White Helmets so that the Syrian government could be blamed. He said the USA administration under Trump's command is conflicted and taking "bizarre" decisions without a strategic vision.

Eight other countries voted against it, and four abstained.

Meanwhile, media reports noted that the United Kingdom government has confirmed a "20-fold" increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media "bot" accounts since the United Kingdom, USA and France attacked Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure on Saturday. "This is not a threat".

Britain's Ambassador Peter Wilson said in The Hague that the United Nations had cleared the inspectors to go but they had been unable to reach Douma because Syria and Russian Federation had been unable to guarantee their safety. "We have weighty justification to believe ... that what took place was a provocation of certain countries' intelligence services".

He did not say what the evidence was.

Syria and Russian Federation deny unleashing poison gas during their offensive on Douma this month, which ended with the recapture of the town that had been the last rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the use of chemical weapon against civilians in a Damascus suburb is "unforgivable" but says Turkey is urging all sides to refrain from actions that will cause further turmoil in Syria. The rebels who had controlled Douma for six years surrendered the day after the alleged incident, which left dozens of apparently uninjured men, women and children dead in an apartment building, with foam coming out of their mouths, according to video footage. Moscow strongly warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence.

Last month, Britain blamed Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

Russia's theories about last Saturday's suspected chemical attack are reminiscent of previous contradictions.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Middle East is in such "peril" today that it has become a threat to global peace and security - and Syria "represents the most serious threat".

Guterres also said a failure to hold someone accountable for the attack could encourage more.

Haley kept up the pressure on Russian Federation. In announcing the strikes, Trump directly blamed Russian Federation for enabling the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons.

Reports from Damascus described multiple waves of missiles striking targets in the eastern part of the capital, where chemical weapons facilities were known to be located. Russian Federation has also used its United Nations veto six times to prevent condemnation of Assad's use of chemical weapons.

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles, have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

USA TODAY will provide live coverage for this event.

Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria