Labour's Tom Watson joins support backing U.S. missile strikes in Syria

Caroline Beck
April 8, 2017

The Syrian presidency said a USA missile attack on a Syrian army air base in Homs had increased Syria's resolve to defeat insurgent groups, vowing to step up the pace of operations against them.

Russian Federation plans to increase air defences in Syria after a U.S. missile strike on a government-controlled airfield, warning the military action had made the risk of conflict "significantly higher".

The motivation for Trump's firing 59 cruise missiles at al-Shayrat came from a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians Tuesday, allegedly ordered by Assad, which was launched from the targeted Syrian airfield, according to the US government.

In a statement released after the barrage became public knowledge Trump stated Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad "launched a awful chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent" and "ignored the urging of the United Nations security council".

The Russian Defence Ministry said it would be beefing up the Syrian army's ability to shoot down enemy warplanes in the wake of strike. He said he was grateful for the draft submitted by the elected members "because it's a clear attempt to find a common denominator" but he said it has to carefully studied in Moscow. "If earlier it was explained using the need to fight against terrorism, now it's an obvious act of aggression against the sovereign state of Syria".

Moscow announced earlier it was halting the deal reached in 2015 in response to the strike, despite Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirming the U.S. side had warned Russian Federation of the impending attack through the channels it had established.

The West Bromwich East MP said that chemical weapon attacks "can never be tolerated and must have consequences". Peskov claimed that the Syrian government has since long destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles, as mandated by global law. The assault, authorized by the Trump Administration, was in response to a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, many of them children, this week in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.

"It is in this vital national security interest of the Untied States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons".

Kalin urged the worldwide community to "act in unison to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria".

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Turkey on Friday welcomed a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian regime airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack and called for a no-fly zone in the country to prevent further bloodshed.

"We have a very high level of confidence that the attacks were carried out under aircraft under the direction of Bashar al-Assad's regime". He also wouldn't speculate on whether Russia's move to cut a hotline with the United States military in Syria could provoke collisions in the crowded skies over Syria.

Until this week, the US President had suggested that Bashar al-Assad could stay on in power because America should concentrate on fighting ISIS.

The missile attack early Thursday morning comes as Trump discusses North Korea's nuclear program with Xi.

Discussions ran late into the evening Thursday, but no consensus was agreed and Council members departed, many looking tense.

Russian deputy envoy to the U.N., Vladimir Safronkov, said Russia had warned the U.S.to "think about what military actions have led to in Iraq, Libya and other countries", according to the Interfax news agency.

"All responsibility, if military action occurred, will be on [the] shoulders of those who initiated such [a] doubtful and tragic enterprise", Safronkov said in response to reporters' questions.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said his country did not use chemical weapons during airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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