Chemical weapons team kept from alleged attack site in Syria

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

Mr Putin stressed "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations" if violations of the United Nations charter continue.

The US has denied that report and the Pentagon said the strikes successfully hit the three chemical weapons facilities they targeted, with President Trump calling it "Mission Accomplished!'".

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

When asked if there was a more effective way to discourage Assad from using such weapons again, Schake replied, "Yes, you could take Bashar al-Assad out of power".

Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.

The United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

"Finally the world has said enough is enough", he said. Weeks later, it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency, and US forces remained in the country for years.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

Nikki Haley, the US's ambassador to the United Nations, said the USA would be "locked and loaded" if Assad used chemical weapons again.

This of course doesn't rule out Assad, but it does raise some uncomfortable questions for those cheering yet another illegal USA military attack against a country that has been under attack for the past seven years by the same forces that attacked us on 9/11.

A visit by chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria was delayed on Monday, British and Russian officials said, as Western powers and Russia traded accusations in the aftermath of retaliatory US -led missile strikes.

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The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.

For what it's worth, Mrs May did the right thing - and it was her decision, and not Parliament's, to take.

The UK participated in the strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime on the rebel-held area of Douma on 7 April.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off.

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Sunday that Western strikes on Syria had failed to achieve anything, including terrorizing the army, helping insurgents or serving the interests of Israel.

Addressing reporters during a press conference in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said any military action that bypasses the UN Security Council is in breach of global law, and only complicates the Syrian conflict.

Hours earlier, Syrian government-run media said the country's air defenses confronted a new "aggression", shooting down missiles over the central region of Homs and a suburb of Damascus.

The Syrian government has strongly denied the allegations.

The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on April 13 and April 14.

The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks.

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