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Local Congressional Leaders on Syria Airstrikes

Local Congressional Leaders on Syria Airstrikes

The joint US-French-British strike on three alleged chemical weapons facilities in the vicinity of Damascus and Homs were carried out, according to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in order to defend "vital American interests". "We have to be conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

The Russian military, meanwhile, claims to have struck down a majority of the missiles.

The tripartite military action from the United States, France and Britain was created to set back or destroy Syria's chemical weapons program, the three countries said, and deter any further use in violation of global conventions.

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The measure would instruct the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report within 30 days on whether Syria has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile.

On April 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom delivered a massive strike on Syrian targets in bypassing of the United Nations Security Council.

According to Petter Lycke, Sweden's representative at the OPCW executive council, Syria and Russian Federation told the inspectors that their safety could not be guaranteed.

The sanctions are the latest effort by the United States to punish the Assad regime and its allies for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians two weeks ago. "Assad might have used chemical weapons this time, but he's been indiscriminately targeting civilians for years".

"Ultimately, what Trump is doing with these deterrence exercises is influencing a very narrow bandwidth within the Syrian civil war, which is the use of chemical weapons", he said, pointing out chemical weapons attacks have killed an estimated 1,900 people in a war that has claimed half a million lives. Too many duck the responsibility that comes with being a member of this council.

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The eurozone, which emerged only slowly from its 2011-2012 debt crisis, is expected to benefit from continued low rates. Among developing countries, he says those that depend on exporting commodities need to diversify their economies.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned this weekend that the US-led attack on Syria was a "crime", as the country's foreign ministry warned of unspecified consequences.

Analysts have said however that it would take more for the West to mount a meaningful challenge to Russia's weight as a broker.

The rally in Omayyad Square in Syria's capital Damascus was described on state TV as a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army". It also has troops in Iraq, where Iran-backed militias hold considerable sway. The paper reported that the most expansive proposal included airstrikes on Russian air defense capabilities in Syria.

The United States has taken a series of recent measures against Russia, including expelling diplomats over a poisoning case in Britain and imposing sanctions against 24 Russians, including Putin allies, over interference in the US presidential election and other "malign activity". "If al-Assad and his allies can weaken the SDF, they can crack the foundation of the United States military's planning for Syria".

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said that any further military action in Syria must be approved by Congress.

Recent unjustified US strikes against installations in Syria and backed by French and British forces, would fuel extremism in the region and delay any political solution, according to Tunisian observers.

When asked whether the UK had communicated with Russian Federation ahead of the strikes, May said: "This is not something that the United Kingdom has been involved in".

Were they to see the images she sees of bloodshed, torture, and bodies being pulled from the rubble, she believes Canadians would rise up and demand action, as they did in 2015 when a photograph of a lifeless Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach prompted an outpouring of humanitarian action.

"This crisis in Syria is an unfortunate example of a conflict where the rules of war have been largely disregarded", she said.

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