Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Syria air strikes: How events unfolded

Syria air strikes: How events unfolded

It is universally acknowledged that all use of chemical weapons should be stopped and punished.

A fact-finding team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria on Saturday, the same day the US, UK and France carried out airstrikes against Syrian government targets in response to the April 7 attack in Douma.

"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.

"We will watch his actions. Hopefully he's gotten the message".

The OPCW has 192 members, and Monday's governing executive council meeting of 41 states was called by its chairman, Bangladeshi ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, "to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons" in Syria.

"The goal of this military action was to degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian government from using or proliferating chemical weapons", Trump said in outlining the legal basis for his action.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump again praised the decision to carry out the air strike in a tweet on Sunday, reiterating his claim that the missiles had delivered on their intended goal.

Haley said the United Nations would continue to work on a diplomatic solution but added that Assad was "not worthy" of direct talks with the U.S. She said the time had come for Russian Federation and Iran to bring peace to the beleaguered nation.

The Russian military later said that it will help secure the visit of global chemical weapons inspectors to the site of the alleged attack. "We remain postured to protect our forces and those of the coalition should anything occur", the general said. More than 100 Russian diplomats were expelled from more than 20 countries in March over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy on British soil, which the United Kingdom and USA has blamed on the Russian government.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian army, said the USA military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region. -Russian relations are at a low point. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends the BBC's Marr Show in London, Apr. 15, 2018.

The US has warned it "is locked and loaded" to strike Syria if any more chemical attacks occur. The Pentagon said none of its aircraft or missiles were hit by Syrian air defenses.

The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on April 13 and April 14. The OPCW is set to meet in the Hague on Monday over the attack, although there have been no signs yet that the investigators have travelled to Douma to begin their fieldwork.

Just hours after the Western strikes, the Syrian military declared it had fully retaken Eastern Ghouta, in a key victory for the resurgent regime, which had launched a blistering two-month assault on the opposition stronghold.

"They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the U.S. and Europe", RIA news agency quoted Serebrennikov as saying. But late Saturday, senior administration officials called the evidence "incontrovertible".

"Mission accomplished" is the same phrase former President George W. Bush infamously used in 2003, after the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

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