Mattis says no United States losses in Syria strikes

14 April, 2018, 22:18 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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On Friday evening, President Trump announced that he has ordered the U.S. military to attack Syria's government. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

Safety Secretary James Mattis says the US and its allies have taken "decisive movement" in opposition to Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure.

Defense Secretary James Mattis reported Friday night that the USA attack on Syria was "a one-time shot", at least for now, and that as of 10:10 EST, the U.S. attacks were over.

The defense secretary says Friday's strikes have "sent a clear message" to Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

The strikes that hit early Saturday in Syria came hours before inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were set to arrive to inspect the sight of the apparent attack. "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", he tweeted. The other two targets were in the Homs area. Syrian television reported that air defenses responded to the attack.

World powers have threatened a strong response to Saturday's attack, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying Thursday he had "proof" Syria's government was behind it.

Explosions are being heard to the east, west and south of Damascus as a result of the USA, U.Okay. and France conduct airstrikes in retaliation for an alleged chemical assault by the Syrian authorities by itself people. President Bashar Assad's authorities denies responsibility.

Speaking Thursday morning before the House Armed Services Committee, Mattis said that retaliation for the suspected chemical weapons attack had to be balanced against the threat of a wider war. He is not giving details about what equipment is involved in the operation or what sites it is targeting.

President Donald Trump is reiterating his title to supply different nations sort out additional of the burden in Syria.

Russia's U.S. Ambassador said the attack "will not be left without consequences".

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith.

He said the USA was "very confident" chlorine was used, but are "not ruling out" sarin use.

Mattis noted that previous year, US forces conducted a "unilateral strike on a single site", whereas he said these strikes "will result in a long term degradation to the Syrians' capability to research, develop, and employ biological and chemical weapons".

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The move follows statements by Russian Federation and Syria who both said they wanted to facilitate a visit by inspectors. France's president has said he agrees with Saudi Arabia on the need to curb Iranian "expansionism" in the Middle East.

The allies reportedly had conclusive evidence that Syria used chemical weapons on its own people.

Assad has used "chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents".

Russian Federation was not given advanced notice of the USA attack, either. "The third target, which was in the vicinity of the second target, contained both a chemical weapon equipment storage facility and an important command post".

Videos of air strikes in Syria, conducted by the USA, Great Britain and France emerged in Twitter.

President Donald Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops. Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 worldwide agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons. A collapse of the Assad regime could lead to a political vacuum in Syria and a resurgence of the Islamic State.

Trump announced the airstrikes on Syria around 9 p.m. ET from the White House. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway.

"The United States has a vital interest to defend our interests and in specifically deterring the use and proliferation of chemical weapons", Mattis said in a news conference after the strikes were completed.

Following the strike, reports of a retaliatory actions emerged.

That's primarily based on a provide acquainted with the president's plans, who was not accepted to speak publicly.

Trump has said he will hold the Syrian government, as well as its Russian and Iranian allies, accountable for the suspected attack.

The Russian Defence Ministry said there was "no evidence" of civilian or military casualties from the airstrikes.

British submarines were ordered within missile range of Syria, according to The Daily Telegraph.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said there was no coordination with Russians and "nor did we pre-notify them".


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