Satellite images show craters at alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities

Glen Norman
April 16, 2018

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.

"Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder", Haley told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Syria.

The United States, Britain and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.

The US says it overwhelmed and evaded Syrian air defences overnight to strike every target at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, in a multi-pronged attack from the air and sea alongside British and French allies.

The US Department of Defense says that a chemical weapons storage facility was targeted, in addition to a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post.

A Kremlin statement said Mr Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, agreed during a telephone conversation that the air strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution of the conflict in Syria.

But McKenzie said at a Saturday briefing that Syrian air defense shot 40 missiles, mostly after the attack, and that it did not successfully engage any of the allies' aircraft or missiles.

The allied strikes drew immediate condemnation from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russian Federation, who accused the U.S., France and Britain of violating Syria's sovereignty and violating worldwide law.

"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.

Mattis said Friday that the United States had not yet confirmed that the suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack included the use of sarin gas.

Seven SCALP missiles hit the bunker, according to the USA military.

"You can keep burning people alive and dropping barrel bombs over cities, but don't use chemical weapons, because it will make us look bad". "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it", she told CBS News on Sunday. She blamed the Security Council and Russia's actions for failing in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account.

Soussan reiterated a pledge by the Syrian government that the chemical experts would be allow to investigate unimpeded.

With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction.

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