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Led strikes boost Syria's resistance in face of terror: IRGC

15 April 2018, 10:16 | Cesar Cruz

Led strikes boost Syria's resistance in face of terror: IRGC

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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.

At the United Nations, Russia said the USA -led strikes would complicate U.N. efforts to broker a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

"If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago!"

It wasn't yet clear whether Syria had pre-emptively trucked away any of its chemical weapons or production equipment from the three facilities targeted by the US - one near Damascus and two around the city of Homs - after Trump repeatedly warned in tweets last week that airstrikes were coming. Saturday while the Pentagon said its initial assessment was that a powerful pre-dawn missile barrage by the United States, Britain and France had "degraded" but may not have fully destroyed Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. "Just as it did with the war on the Islamic State, or ISIS, the USA has compartmentalized the (chemical weapons) issue and isolated it from the broader Syrian conflict".

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 United States and its allies. Syria has denied responsibility, but the U.S., France and Britain have said there is no doubt the Assad government was responsible. He said the attack was intended "to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons". Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, said the strikes have been "a very serious blow".

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons", said Mr. Trump previous year, decrying the deaths of innocent children. Instead, according to a person familiar with White House war planning, they were part of a plan to distract Russian Federation and its Syrian ally from an assault Assad's government could do little to defend itself against.

The Pentagon said it knew of no civilian casualties "at this time".

Aboul-Gheit spoke from the city of Dammam in Saudi Arabia, where an Arab League summit is to take place Sunday.

The Assad regime has been engaged in a civil war against its people that has resulted in 500,000 deaths, over 7,600,000 internally displaced people, and over 5,100,000 refugees- the worst such humanitarian crisis since World War II.

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

"Assad has established himself as a user of chemical weapons" from past attacks, the official added.

That doesn't mean the overnight strikes, however, don't share similarities with the April 2017 attack in Syria. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

He said Syria's chemical weapons program was only partially dismantled because Damascus didn't allow inspections of existing stockpiles and capabilities.

The Russian measure would have condemned the "aggression" against Syria and demanded that the three allies refrain from any further strike.

The Pentagon rejected Russian claims that numerous missiles were shot down by Syria. But on Saturday, rebels expressed disappointment and fear of a renewed government offensive against Idlib province, the last major part of the country under rebel control.

The vote came at the end of an emergency meeting called by Moscow.

Turkey's president, meanwhile, said the airstrikes on Syrian targets were "correct" and showed the Syrian regime that such actions would not go "unanswered".

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

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