Bases evacuated on Russian warning: Syria


Bases evacuated on Russian warning: Syria

But Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement on Saturdayaccusing the U.S. of making "the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and bring [ing] suffering to civilians" with its strikes.

Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in global relations".

Mr Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after US, French and British forces launched an air strike on Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Much like USA statements, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson said there are no plans to launch additional military strikes against Syria, but that his country and its allies will consider further action if Assad uses chemical weapons against his people in the future. Last year, after a chemical attack in Idlib province, the USA fired 59 cruise missiles at an airbase of President Bashar al-Assad.

The last rebels were bussed out of Eastern Ghouta after the alleged chemical attack on their final holdout of Douma, which rescuers and medics said killed more than 40 people.

While Trump announced the "precision strikes" in Syria, Trudeau has ruled out any Canadian participation.

Following the recent attacks "we all know, Syria has maintained a secret chemical programme since 2013", the ambassador added, referring to the year when Syria finally joined the OPCW and admitted to stockpiling toxic arms. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had said a decision was coming Monday for sanctions against Russian Federation for enabling the Assad government to continue using chemical weapons, but the White House did not commit to that timetable.

Assad is convinced his country would continue its development regardless of Western actions, Sablin said.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said the Syrian war would continue despite the "successful" strikes, saying the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was to respond to repeated chemical attacks.

But the president of the Syrian American Council chapter in Chicago thinks President Trump is sending the right message to the Syrian regime.

Saturday's airstrikes came shortly after a fact-finding mission from the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria to investigate. If there is a future chemical attack, either by Mr. Assad or by his rivals, the US will be forced to act again, perhaps more harshly.

The West respected that red line by giving advance notice of Saturday's attack, just as it did a year ago when it struck a Syrian air base.

"While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice", Haley said.

After the middle-of-the-night attack on Syria, some USA television commentators poked fun at Trump's use of the "Mission accomplished" term, first used in 2003 by former President George W. Bush, who claimed prematurely and wrongly that the US had successfully completed its military attack on Iraq.

USA military officials said an initial assessment showed every one of the missiles struck its target on Saturday, reducing the facilities to rubble while avoiding any civilian casualties. "They went out to destroy critical chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria, and they did exactly that". He wrote that the targets were Assad regime military chemical weapons-related facilities.

In remarks that could indicate an attempt to bog down the OPCW team, Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said the inspectors will not be allowed to access the site until they produce an appropriate United Nations permit. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

"But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

The Russian military later said that it will help secure the visit of worldwide chemical weapons inspectors to the site of the alleged attack.