US, UK, France launch strikes in Syria; Russia warns of 'consequences'

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 14, 2018 17:11 hrs
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Damascus: In a combined operation, the United States, Britain and France on Saturday launched military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime, President Donald Trump announced, as he alleged the war-torn nation of using chemical weapons against its own people.

Soon after the strikes were launched, Russian ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

Antonov released a statement on Twitter saying, 'A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.'

He further noted that all responsibility for strike rests with Washington, London and Paris while adding that the 'US, the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapon has no moral right to blame other countries'.

Denouncing the strikes as 'brutal, barbaric aggression' that violated international law, Syria's government said, "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law."

The Syrian Presidency underscored that 'Good souls will not be humiliated'.

The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a 'strong deterrent' against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

Trump said he has ordered 'precision strikes' against Syria, where dozens of people were killed last weekend in a suspected toxic gas attack on Douma, the largest town in a former rebel stronghold outside Damascus.

"These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead," Trump said in an address to the nation.

Describing the strike as a deterrent, Trump said the US would maintain pressure on Syria until the Assad regime suspends use of chemical weapons.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria," he said, thanking the UK and France for joining the US in its fight against the Syrian regime.

"My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. We thank them both," Trump said in his address to the nation.

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