World Nikki Haley warns that U.S. forces ‘locked and loaded’ if Syria stages another chemical attack

01:26  15 april  2018
01:26  15 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday condemned the recent chemical attack in Syria , warning that the U . S . would take action while speaking at an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council on Saturday that the United States is ready to launch another military strike if the Syrian government ever uses chemical weapons again.

“I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, ‘If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded,’ ” Nikki Haley said at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia after U.S.-led strikes hit three targets in Syria.

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On Monday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Russia' s hands are "covered in the blood of Syrian children," following the Assad regime' s alleged chemical attack against civilians in the country.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted Russia and Syria at an emergency Security Council meeting. The meeting was held to discuss the recent chemical attack in Douma. Haley has had a history of using aggressive rhetoric with her Russian and Syrian counterparts.

“When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line,” she added, echoing earlier warnings that Western powers could strike again.

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Haley’s message came during almost three hours of debate in a meeting infused with tension and bitter accusations over the pre-dawn military strikes on Syria by the United States, France and Britain.

Haley said the Syrians had been producing weapons of “murder,” her Syrian counterpart called the United States neocolonialist, and Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the three countries that took part in the airstrikes were “liars, spoilers and hypocrites.”

In the end, Nebenzia’s plea for condemnation of the strikes as a violation of international law and the U.N. Charter failed in a vote among the 15 Security Council members, with Russia joined by only Bolivia and China.

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted Russia and Syria at an emergency Security Council meeting. The meeting was held to discuss the recent chemical attack in Douma. Haley has had a history of using aggressive rhetoric with her Russian and Syrian counterparts.

U . S . Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday condemned the recent chemical attack in Syria , warning that the U . S . would take action while speaking at an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

“This is how you want international affairs to be conducted now?” said Nebenzia, according to a translation of his comments. “This is hooliganism in international relations, and not minor hooliganism, given that we’re talking about major nuclear powers.”

France’s U.N. ambassador, François Delattre, gave a biting response, telling Nebenzia, “That charter was not designed in order to protect criminals.”

Britain’s ambassador, Karen Pierce, also pushed back, arguing, “It ought to be clear. There is no practicable alternative to the use of force if lives are to be saved.”

Several diplomats at the Security Council warned that the Syrian crisis could spiral out of control and engulf the region and beyond.

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But one major worry appeared to ease: that the coordinated attacks by the United States, France and Britain late Friday could have set off a direct confrontation with Russia, Syria’s most powerful military partner.

At the Pentagon, the director of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said the more than 100 missiles fired delivered a blow to the “heart” of Syria’s chemical weapons network. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained “residual” capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left.

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On Monday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Russia' s hands are "covered in the blood of Syrian children," following the Assad regime' s alleged chemical attack against civilians in the country. US Allies Warn Of Consequences For Suspected Syria Chemical Attack .

The strikes were seen as a middle ground between a limited and largely symbolic response — such as a U.S. missile attack last year — and a large-scale assault that could destroy Syria’s chemical weapons or weaken Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power.

By focusing on a narrow set of targets that the allies said are associated with chemical weapons, the military campaign deliberately avoided direct involvement in the seven-year Syrian civil war. It also appeared designed to sidestep Russian forces in Syria.

The strikes appear to leave Assad firmly in control and with his Russian backing intact. The suburban Damascus area targeted in the suspected chemical attack last weekend was among a dwindling number of rebel-held areas as Assad expands his control. Russian military assistance since 2015 has allowed Assad to break a stalemate with the rebels, some of whom are backed by the United States.

A protester burns an U.S. flag during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy against air strikes carried out in Syria, in Athens, Greece, April 14, 2018. © REUTERS/Costas Baltas A protester burns an U.S. flag during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy against air strikes carried out in Syria, in Athens, Greece, April 14, 2018.

The Pentagon said a barrage of more than 40 Syrian surface-to-air missiles had “no material effect” on the allied strikes, which McKenzie said hit their targets. None of the more sophisticated air defenses that Russia has positioned in Syria were employed, he said.

A Trump administration official later told reporters that none of the 105 missiles fired were hit by Syria’s Soviet-era antimissile fire — contradicting claims by Russian and Syrian officials that Syrian units intercepted incoming missiles.

The U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under briefing rules, said it appeared that nearly all the Syrian surface-to-air defenses were fired after the allied missiles hit their targets.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a “core” facility for Syria’s chemical weapons program.

“They lost a lot of equipment. They lost a lot of material, and that’s going to have a significant effect,” McKenzie said at the Pentagon.

Syria disputed even the most basic facts about the strikes. Syria’s U.N. ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the Security Council that 110 missiles came at Syria, but 100 were shot down. He said three civilians were injured during a strike at one site. U.S. officials said no one was hurt.

The rhetoric from Syria’s backers stayed harsh throughout the day. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes would have “a destructive effect on the entire system of international relations.”

Syrian television called the attacks a “flagrant violation” of international law, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, derided them as a “military crime.”

But there were no signs the Russian military was preparing a retaliatory response.

Inspectors from the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were expected to make their initial foray Saturday to Douma. They will collect soil samples and talk to witnesses in attempts to pin down what occurred.

The United States, France and Britain said they have proof, without identifying it, that chlorine gas caused victims to suffocate.

“A perfectly executed strike last night,” tweeted President Trump. “Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!”

The European Union voiced support for the allies. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted, “The E.U. will stand with our allies on the side of justice.”

In the wake of last weekend’s attack, some U.S. officials advocated a larger, and therefore riskier, strike than the limited action Trump ordered in April 2017, also in response to suspected chemical weapons use.

That attack involved 59 Tomahawk missiles fired from two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea. It fulfilled Trump’s vow that chemical weapons are a “red line” that he, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, would not allow Assad to cross. But the airfield targeted by the Pentagon resumed operations shortly after the attack and, according to Western intelligence assessments, chemical attacks resumed.

Since last year’s strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, most of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

Louisa Loveluck in Beirut, Anton Troianovski in Moscow, Simon Denyer in Beijing, and Karen DeYoung, Brian Murphy and Paul Sonne in Washington contributed to this report.

Russia urges U.S.: Refrain from Syria plans you are developing .
Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia appealed to the United States on Tuesday to "refrain" from any action it might be planning against Syria over a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack. "The threats you are proffering that you're stating vis-a-vis Syria should make us seriously worried, all of us, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events," Nebenzia told U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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