Post western strikes in Syria chemical inspectors kick off probe

Post western strikes in Syria chemical inspectors kick off probe

The Barzeh facility is thought to be the centre of Syria's chemical weapons program, while chairman of the United States joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford, said Him Shinshar was "the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment".

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", he added.

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in the Syrian town of Douma, to investigate an alleged attack from two weeks ago, Syrian state media reported. "That doesn't mean that the Syrians can't re-create the chemical weapons to use again".

A Russian veto at the United Nations last November means the OPCW is empowered only to state if chemical weapons have been used, and not to attribute responsibility. "It was proportional", but he also warned that Syria probably could "re-create" its chemical weapons program.

But after days of Trump's telegraphing the coming assault, the strikes appear to have taken aim at targets more limited than some within his administration had championed, and the extent to which they would knock out Syria's chemical weapons production capacity was unclear Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based organization observing the Syrian civil war, reported almost 85 percent of the half million victims of the war were killed by the Syrian military and their allies.

The airstrikes received extreme backlash from Russian Federation, an ally of Assad's regime.

Both Russia and Iran decried what they called a violation of worldwide law and Syria's sovereignty, but it was unclear what, if any, response they would make.

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Syrian and Russian officials denied the attack, with latter trying to pin it on the U.K. However, if reports from OANN are considered to be true, there was no need for retaliation. The massive increase in activity was noticed the day after USA strikes on Syria.

Protesters in Omayyad Square waved Syrian flags at the demonstration, dubbed a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army", set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire.

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

Haley made clear yesterday the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying US involvement there "is not done". On Monday, suspected Israeli warplanes targeted Syria's T-4 air base, drawing a rebuke from Russian Federation and vows of retaliation from Iran.

While insisting the action taken early Saturday morning in Syria was "a very strong attack on the chemical weapons program", Haley hit back on more hawkish critics who argue the United States didn't go far enough because it did not change the balance of power in the long-running Syrian civil war.

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". "For the Russians, they don't want to be seen as supporting direct confrontation with Israel, but do believe the higher profile of alleged Israeli attacks in Syria are an increasing concern for them".

"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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