Syria air strikes morally and legally right, Theresa May tells Parliament

19 Avril, 2018, 01:53 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl

They say the arrival of the inspectors is being held up by Syrian authorities who now control the area, and that evidence of the chemical attack may be being destroyed.

US President Donald Trump has paused a new round of sanctions that were set to be imposed against Russia over its support for the Syrian government's chemical weapons programme. But airstrikes are all about specifics: the nature of the targets (which dictates the likelihood of civilian casualties and the risk of blowback) and the strength of the intelligence case, neither of which can easily be shared in advance or in their entirety.

The French government said Saturday that it launched a military response based on unspecified intelligence and open-source information, which included "testimonies, photos and videos that spontaneously appeared on specialised websites, in the press and on social media in the hours and days following the attack".

What reason is there to believe these forces will surrender what they have paid in blood to win?

After the recapture of eastern Ghouta, Assad still has several smaller pockets of ground to recover from rebels, as well as two major areas they hold in the northwest and southwest. But BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth says this isn't likely to result in a binding vote on the matter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the attacks as "an act of aggression" that would only worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Doane and his team met one mother waiting for bread.

Assad is now in his strongest position since the early months of a seven-year-old civil war that has killed more than 500,000 people and driven more than half of Syrians from their homes. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria.

Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports".

Theresa May, who says there is clear evidence chemicals were used by the Syrian regime to drive out rebels, faced more criticism in Parliament yesterday for ordering air strikes in retaliation.

A nine-strong team from the OPCW has been waiting to enter Douma which was a rebel stronghold at the time of the suspected chemical attack.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Tuesday there was no point establishing a new inquiry to determine blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria because Washington and its allies had already acted as judge and executioner.

The affair therefore reflected the triumph of falsifying facts and reporting by the US government and media, preventing either the American public or the global community from gaining access to accurate and responsible reporting of the facts, Freeman stated.

For all of the good Trump has done for Israel in the last 14 months, leaving it alone to deal with Iran and Russia in Syria is simply too dangerous.

May said "reliable intelligence" indicated that Syrian military officials coordinated the use of chlorine in the attack.

The White House is seeking a carrot and stick approach with Russia on Syria.

1986 British TV journalist John McCarthy is abducted on his way to the airport in Beirut, the war-torn capital of Lebanon.

"[The sanctions] will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", she added. This is a formula for a strategic disaster not unlike Vietnam or George W. Bush's war to strip Iraq of nonexistent WMD.

But that doesn't give him a pass for deciding that Syria is merely a theater for dramatic US gestures, rather than the pivotal issue that may decide whether another war in the Middle East is inevitable.

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