Syria strikes' aim met, more possible if red line crossed

Nick Sanchez
April 15, 2018

Syrian TV showed government supporters chanting slogans and waving flags in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which was the epicenter of an alleged government chemical weapons attack which reportedly killed dozens of civilians this past week. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of global law".

He says the Russian air defense assets in Syria monitored the strike but didn't engage any of the missiles.

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France had joined the United States and UK because "we can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security".

The Syria attack drew support from the European Union, Germany, Israel and other allies while British Prime Minister Theresa May said reports indicate the Syrian government used a barrel bomb to deliver the chemicals used in an attack on Douma. "Russian Federation must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations... hopefully some day we will get along with Russian Federation and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".

The attack came hours after US President Donald Trump confirmed he'd organised a strike on Damascus.

Syria's air defences "were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago", the ministry said.

The Kremlin also said it would call an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of global rules and laws".

Washington described its targets as a centre near Damascus for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post.

Senator Marco Rubio applauded the strikes for preventing hostile regimes like Syria's Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask, What kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force of stability and peace".

"Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Antonov added.

French President Emmanuel Macron in a statement on Twitter said that the "red line has been crossed".

In a statement following the strikes, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, said Moscow's "warnings have been left unheard".

Trump also put both Russian Federation and Iran on notice by calling both countries out by name during his short address to the American people.

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