UN Security Council Rejects Resolution Condemning US-Led Airstrikes in Syria

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, USA officials said.

The United States, Britain and France have argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of global law. Last year's chemical weapons attack killed dozens civilians, as did this one.

Most of the Syrian countermeasures, including defensive ballistic missiles, were fired after USA and allied weapons hit their targets, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie told reporters on Saturday.

One of the targets was a scientific research centre located in the greater Damascus area, which the Pentagon said was involved in the development, production and testing of chemical and biological weaponry. The Pentagon on Saturday said the strikes set the country's chemical weapons capability back "for years".

In addition, a storage facility was the target of 22 weapons launched by all coalition forces, and a bunker facility was the target of seven Scout missiles.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

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Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the USA , says the military action threatens Russia - and there will be consequences. However, the Observatory says the facilities were evacuated by the Syrian government days before.

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the USA and its allies' strike.

Also, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Wednesday that his country would respond to any United States of America missiles fired at Syria by shooting them down and targeting their launch sites.

"We've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program", Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Director of Joint Staff, told Pentagon reporters Saturday.

However, speaking on Saturday morning, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "confident" the strikes had been successful. -Russian relations have soured, and the two nuclear powers have raised the ante, getting dangerously close to a potential military clash in Syria.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday.

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Or perhaps there would need to be a series of violations, as was the case before April 7, prior to any USA action. Thankfully all USA troops involved in the operation appeared to have come through it without casualties.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has denounced the missile strikes by the US, France and the United Kingdom as an "act of aggression" that would exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

Mr Al Wawi's family hails from Douma, the target of a chemical attack on April 7 that triggered Saturday's military response by the USA and its allies.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

Meanwhile, NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance back the airstrikes on Syria as a effect of the country conducting a suspected chemical attack against its civilians last weekend.

He doubled down on that position in his remarks: "Under no circumstances" will the U.S. remain in Syria indefinitely, he said. "The burden is on the world community to say no, we don't do this". Russian Federation is deeply tied to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and there's more danger of retaliation and a wider war that the American public has absolutely no interest in waging.

That appeared to contradict Trump's own pledge that the United States, France and Britain would sustain the military campaign until Assad stops using prohibited chemical agents.

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Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack. The U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties". The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, condemned the airstrikes and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

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