The case against Syria's Bashar Assad

The case against Syria's Bashar Assad

The case against Syria's Bashar Assad

For years, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including how much time the former president spent on the golf course and U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western strikes on government military installations today only made him more keen to fight back against his opponents, in comments published by his office.

"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none, " May told reporters in London Saturday morning.

Pentagon officials said they met their objectives and struck the heart of the chemical weapons program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes were an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on global relations.

All three leaders said the use of chemical agents gave them a moral obligation to act.

It was Moscow that convened the emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, and before the session said it had circulated a draft resolution condemning the act of aggression by the US and its allies against Syria.

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The UN Council is set to meet at Russia's request to discuss the US-led airstrikes, which were executed on three targets believed to be the centre of the Assad-regime's chemical program operations. NY time, Agence-France Presse reported.

Syrian television called the attacks a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law, and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, derided them as a "military crime". Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the attacks were a "crime".

"But I think even more importantly, it also sends a very clear message to Moscow, that the United States and its principal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are united in opposition to things that Russian Federation is doing around the world". The inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday. Nationalist songs were played and people waved flags.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday night that the United States was expecting a disinformation campaign by those aligned with the Assad regime.

Syria, and its ally Russian Federation, have denied the government used chemical weapons in Douma and said the opposition fabricated the attack to stave a government victory in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

"One strike does not make for a strategy in an extended campaign to put pressure on Assad and Putin not to do this again", he said.

· British Prime Minister May cited reports that said the Syrian government had used barrel bombs to deliver the chemical weapons.

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He pointed out that earlier Russian Federation and Syria's actions put Trump in a delicate situation, as the former two advocated sending an worldwide team to Syria to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack, while the USA opposed this move, making it look like the White House did not want the truth to come to light.

Russia's military had threatened to shoot down any US missiles that put Russian lives at risk.

China's foreign ministry said it objected to the use of force and warned that it could complicate the situation in Syria.

In the moments after President Donald Trump ordered coordinated attacks on chemical weapons facilities in Syria, the White House sent a briefing document to members of Congress prepared by the National Security Council outlining the thinking behind its air strikes.

The three allies used ships, a submarine and warplanes to launch a barrage of 105 guided missiles towards three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, officials said, including a research center on the outskirts of Damascus.

When asked whether the us should expect retaliation from Syrian or Russian forces for the attack, McKenzie stressed that military forces are preparing for the possibility. McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over. She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimising civilian casualties.

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