Mixed Reaction To Syrian Airstrikes

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described USA -led air strikes against the country as an act of aggression during a meeting with Russian lawmakers Sunday.

Washington, meanwhile, prepared to increase pressure on Russian Federation with new economic sanctions, and European Union foreign ministers threatened similar measures.

The leaders will be expected to answer for their decision to join the USA in launching missiles at suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria, in an attempt to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the alleged chemical attack.

The Western leaders were also facing scrutiny at home over their actions.

The event also commemorated "Evacuation Day", Syria's national holiday to mark the final withdrawal of French occupation forces from the country in 1946.

Syria says it knocked down 71 of the 105 missiles fired, but the USA says all missiles hit their targets.

The U.S. -led strikes did nothing to alter the strategic balance or dent Assad's supremacy and the Western allies have said the aim was to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, not to intervene in the civil war or topple Assad.

The inspectors were due on Monday to attempt to visit Douma, but the British delegation to the OPCW said they had not yet been granted access, citing the agency's director general. If the Syrian defenses fired after the US-led strike, it would make sense that they would have no target and fly uninterrupted.

The team will also have to deal with the risk that evidence may have been removed from the site, which lies in an area that has been controlled by Russian military police and Syrian forces over the past week.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidential account tweeted after the airstrikes began.

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Trump announced the airstrikes Friday night to attack Syria's chemical weapons program.

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

Tomlinson added that Dunford said the only response was the Syrian military's firing surface-to-air missiles after the strike - to no effect.

While President Donald Trump praised his military for a successful operation tweeting "Mission Accomplished", the Pentagon was quick to retort, that "this operation does not represent a change in U.S. policy", and that it was not an attempt to dethrone Assad or be involved in the Syrian civil war.

Syria's deputy foreign minister told us they were eager to help get inspectors to the site, though the government still claims the attack never happened.

Speaking to a group of visiting Russian politicians, he said the US, Britain and France had waged a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Syria and its ally Russia. Macron insisted in an interview Sunday that France had "not declared war" on Syria, striving to underscore Paris' justification for the attacks.

Demonstrators gathered in major cities across Iraq on Sunday to protest USA -led airstrikes against Syria in protests called for by Muqtada Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who led the Mehdi Army that fought US forces after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003.

It's urged the United Nations powerhouse to double all efforts towards a peaceful and non-military resolution in Syria.

Western diplomats are preparing for diplomatic efforts to convince Russian Federation to vote for a ceasefire.

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