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USA suggests Russia, Syria may tamper with Douma evidence, Moscow denies it

18 April, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • For residents of Syrian capital attack comes as a disorienting predawn barrage of light and sound

"This is now part of their standard combat doctrine", said Gregory Koblentz, a chemical weapons expert at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the US, British, and French strikes in Syria his country will continue "to move against Iran in Syria". "It changed the course of battle on the ground", Koblentz said. They have a strategy that's a very narrow military focus to the defeat of ISIS. Such devastation could break the will of rebel fighters and turn civilians in the area against the rebels.

Worldwide inspectors were to try on Monday to visit the site of a suspected gas attack which brought us -led missile strikes on Syria and heightened the diplomatic confrontation between the West and Assad's main ally Russian Federation.

According to the White House's own report, the decision to blame the Syrian government for the reported chemical casualties in Douma and launch a missile strike on Syria appeared to be based almost entirely on "descriptions of the attack in multiple media sources, the reported symptoms experienced by victims, videos and images".

Syrian state media said on Tuesday that investigators had entered the town outside Damascus. And she's now deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. And they're willing to leave Bashar al-Assad in power.

A day after the U.S., Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program, Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared briefly on state TV, seemingly unfazed by the military action - and even reportedly in high spirits.

On Monday, Syrian and Russian authorities prevented investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from going to the scene, the head of the OPCW said, blocking global efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame.

"It's a clumsy effort to find an explanation if the claim of the chemical weapons use in Syria fails to get confirmation", Shulgin said at a briefing.

Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

Syrian state media reported hours earlier that the country confronted yet another assault, shooting down missiles over the central region of Homs and a suburb of Damascus before dawn.

For example, President Donald Trump has now decided keep USA troops in Syria to complete the mission - as the Pentagon describes - "to render ISIS unable to generate successful attacks against the homeland of the United States or against our allies".

The risk of a limited attack is that the regime knows it can absorb the punishment.

Trump faced criticism for using the term Saturday on social media, with critics noting that it echoed former President George W. Bush's declaration shortly after the USA invasion of Iraq in May 2003, and that the Iraq War continued for eight years.

Syria's armed forces could resume using small amounts of chemicals that could be delivered by grenades. He said government officials met with the delegation several times to discuss cooperation.

That was the pattern after the United States struck Syrian targets a year ago in retaliation for a chemical attack. Syria used chemical weapons and Obama did nothing. The Pentagon says no missiles were engaged.

While some Syrians are in favour of airstrikes, others say foreign aggression isn't the answer.

The British government is not legally bound to seek the parliament's approval for military strikes, although it is customary to do so, and many lawmakers expressed anger that they were not consulted.

May faced down her domestic critics as France's premier defended the "proportionate" response to the use of chemical weapons.


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