Western airstrikes unlikely to impact Assad's war machine

Humam Akbik founded Atlantic Humanitarian Relief

Humam Akbik founded Atlantic Humanitarian Relief

Western powers blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Syria and its ally Russian Federation categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action.

Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's progress in the seven-year-old civil war.

Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russian Federation of trying to protect the Assad government. They haven't laid out a strategy and military action shouldn't be taken as a one off. Russian Federation has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.

In Damascus, Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

Putin said the actions violated the U.N. Charter and if they continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations", the statement said.

He has made clear he wants to withdraw the roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria involved in the anti-Islamic State campaign.

Iran and Russian Federation should not allow the "fire of a new tension" to flare up in the region, Rouhani said, adding that the airstrikes were an "invasion" aimed at "emboldening defeated terrorists", IRNA reported.

Speaking to The Associated Press from rebel-held northern Syria, he said they were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce such weapons or launch new attacks.

She said most of the Syrians in the room felt a mixture of optimism and worry.

Humam Akbik has family in Syria
Humam Akbik has family in Syria

McKenzie said the operation was "precise, overwhelming, and effective", adding it will set Syria's chemical-weapons program back "for years".

Asked if this meant Assad could carry on using barrel bombs and other means in the war provided he did not use chemical weapons, Johnson said that that was the "unhappy" effect. When pressed, however, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

The latests strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

The White House says the leaders agreed the airstrikes in Syria "were successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.

The measure would instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad and chemical weapons use".

France, meanwhile, has reached out to Russian Federation, urging it to join renewed peace efforts.

In an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Moscow "should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis".

France is urging Russian Federation to join a push for a political solution in Syria after joint U.S., French and British attacks on Syrian chemical weapons sites.

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