Russian Federation defiant after Syria bombing, warns of "consequences"

Russian Federation defiant after Syria bombing, warns of

Igor Kirillov, head of Russia's radiological, biological and chemical protection unit, told reporters the roads still had to be de-mined and cleared and would be tested by United Nations security services on Tuesday. "It changed the course of battle on the ground", Koblentz said.

Yet even The New York Times was moved to express concern that "the new strikes posed the risk of drawing the United States more deeply into a conflict in which Russian Federation and Iran have more invested than ever in keeping Mr. Assad in power". The targeted sites were largely empty, and were all said to be facilities for chemical weapons storage or production. Such devastation could break the will of rebel fighters and turn civilians in the area against the rebels.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Soviet-made S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems, used by the Syrian military, intercepted 71 out of the 103 missiles fired by the USA and its allies.

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., Joint Staff Director of Operations Director of Operations, speaks about airstrikes in Syria during a briefing at the Pentagon September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

On Sunday, Maas said Germany would work with the US, UK and France to discuss next steps following Saturday's airstrikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

The OPCW team arrived in Syria shortly before the air strikes and met with Syrian officials. She did not give a precise definition of the use of chemical weapons.

Syrian opposition and activists have criticised the Russian deployment in the town, saying that evidence of chemical weapons' use might no longer be found. Russia and Syria deny the attack took place. "There's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there", McKenzie said.

Assad agreed to turn over his chemical weapons after a sarin nerve gas attack near the capital in August 2013, but Western countries say compliance has been partial. The United States has been intervening directly in Syrian domestic affairs since 2011, when then-Ambassador Robert Ford toured the country in support of the anti-government protests; the United States has been funneling arms to the radical jihadi opposition since at least 2012; a year ago the Trump administration lobbed a series of cruise missiles against Syria; the U.S. military now has upwards of 2,000 troops stationed on the ground, in violation of worldwide law.

The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, said it would be "an extra" if the strikes led to Russian Federation putting pressure on Assad to negotiate, but he said the strikes had been created to deter and degrade Syria's ability to use chemical weapons rather than change the course of the civil war.

After the attack, Assad backers flooded the streets in Damascus in a demonstration of support to the country's armed forces.

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Britain's United Nations ambassador on Saturday defended the military action against Syria, saying it was "both right and legal" to launch strikes to alleviate humanitarian suffering.

He added that intervention by the USA would assure that groups like ISIS would not be able to gain a foothold in Syria by spreading lies that the people have been forgotten by the West. At least a lot more bigger than Obama because you actually tried to do something.

It is the role of that body and then perhaps later, the International Criminal Court at the Hague, to deal with Assad's brutal transgressions-it is not the job of the Trump administration to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

At a council meeting on Friday, the United States, Britain and France made the case for military action, arguing that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of global law.

And then there is the issue of motive: On the verge of victory after a brutal and costly war, does it make sense that Assad would opt to commit the one sure thing that would unite the worldwide community against him, draw airstrikes by the United States and its coalition partners-and perhaps more?

Assad's military has been severely depleted after seven years of civil war, and the regime depends heavily on Iranian and Russian military assistance.

Three sites. Firstly, the Barzeh complex, which the United States says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

"We fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters after the strike.

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