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

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

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

"President Trump made it clear the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons", Pence said during a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding the USA was prepared to sustain its effort.

"I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, '" said Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

The crisis seemed to quickly ease, however.

The new diplomatic push came after a stormy Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation, which branded the military action an "aggression" against Syria and sought condemnation. And for the second time in his presidency, the US commander-in-chief demanded retaliation.

Syrians said the hellish rain of 105 missiles had caused no deaths or toxic chemical clouds, and hit only a handful of military facilities that the Trump administration said were used to research, produce or stockpile chemical and biological warfare agents. Western powers published evidence on Saturday explaining their conclusion that Assad was responsible for the strike, which, according to United States officials, deployed both chlorine and sarin from helicopters only in possession of the Assad regime.

The Trump administration said the same thing past year.

Bashar Jaafari, permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya and Sacha Llorenty, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations talk at the end of the emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 14, 2018.

President Donald Trump declared "Mission Accomplished!" hours after joint strikes on Syria by the US and key allies, inviting immediate comparisons to President George W. Bush's early, misplaced optimism about the USA invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Some Syrians demand that the US should take more measures against the regime and hit Assad's government where it hurts.

As the president addressed the nation at 9 p.m. Washington time, a barrage of 105 US, United Kingdom and French missiles converged on Syria.

Republican House speaker Paul Ryan said Assad's "barbaric use of chemical weapons can not go unanswered". President Donald Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

In April, 2017, Trump authorized a missile strike on a Syrian air force base in response to another chemical attack. Nor were any attacking aircraft struck.

The cruiser USS Monterey fired 30 Tomahawks and the destroyer USS Laboon fired seven Tomahawks from the Red Sea.

"Currently, the best thing to do is to create a no-fly zone over liberated areas where people can live relatively safely", he said.

Ms May said the strikes were not about regime change or intervening in a civil war: "It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties".

"The Syrian response was remarkably ineffective", McKenzie said.

Senior Russian figures have warned that missiles threatening the country's forces in Syria will be shot down and their launch sites targeted.

Those places were targeted because the US believes they are responsible for helping create the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program. "We humiliated their missiles", said Mahmoud Ibrahim, who waved a Syrian flag.

"I believe that there was materiel and equipment associated with each of these sites that was not movable, and that's what really sets them back", he said. "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster", Mr Trump said. Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

"It was a deliberate decision to go to the storage facilities, to go to the research facilities", she added.

The text calls for a ceasefire resolution adopted in February but which never materialised to finally take hold and "demands" that President Bashar al-Assad's government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions". New satellite images from Planet.com show that building has been reduced to rubble.

"These three targets seemed to hit the sweet spot and do that", McKenzie said.

Haley said the airstrikes did not change USA strategy in Syria. McKenzie said the facility had been "successfully hit and sustained damage". "This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents. There were no reports of poison gas leaks.

Tim Al Siofi, an activist and journalist who survived the chemical attack in Douma and left the city last week with the last convoy to Idlib, told VOA that Syrians have stopped trusting the global community. Government troops later captured the area.

"No other group" could have carried out the attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal". Victims and medical personnel reported a strong smell of chlorine and other chemicals.

"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. "Seventy-one cruise missiles were intercepted".

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

It was in September 2013 that Russian Federation reached a deal with the US that was to destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons.