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Little is known about what was actually achieved by strikes on Syria

17 April 2018

Following the recent attacks "we all know, Syria has maintained a secret chemical programme since 2013", the ambassador added, referring to the year when Syria finally joined the OPCW and admitted to stockpiling toxic arms.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said troops would not be removed until ISIS was defeated, chemical weapons no longer threatened U.S. interests and it could ensure the monitoring of Iranian activity. The Council however refused from putting this resolution to voting.

The government won the motion by 314 to 36 votes, a majority of 278, with Labour abstaining.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response.

The Trump administration also pushed back on comments made Sunday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who in an interview on French TV noted that President Donald Trump days earlier expressed his eagerness to withdraw USA troops from Syria, and "we convinced him to remain".

Sites near Damascus and Homs were hit on Saturday by the US, French and United Kingdom in response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma on 7 April.

The accounts contradict what the Syrian government and Russian Federation have reported: that there was no gas attack in Douma.

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The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on April 13 and April 14.

"As far as I understand, what is hampering a speedy resolution of this problem is the consequences of the illegal, unlawful military action that Great Britain and other countries conducted on Saturday", he said.

He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

The OPCW has recorded more than 390 allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria since its investigation began in 2014, Wilson said.

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said.

A signature on the cartoon indicates it's from past year, but it could just as well have been drawn today. "We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can not allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

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The Pentagon confirmed Saturday that 105 weapons were used, in total, in the coordinated strikes.

The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation.

That did not mean military strikes would continue.

· While the French government said it had no samples of the chemical weapons it believes were used, it released its own assessment based on publically available information that concluded only the Syrian armed forces could have been behind the attack.

"Such action could have unsafe consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent", the ministry said in a statement quoted by Al Jazeera. Our warnings have been left unheard. The military strikes launched by the United States, the UK and France violate the basic principles of global law to ban the use of force and violate the UN Charter.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.

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Little is known about what was actually achieved by strikes on Syria