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US, Britain, France launch air strikes in Syria

US, Britain, France launch air strikes in Syria

Volunteer first responders and activists claimed a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew global outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night. "But on this occasion there is none".

But this was balanced by a warning from the French ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, who told the Security Council that the Syrian government's decision to use chemical weapons again meant they had "reached a point of no return".

Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.

Nevertheless, experts say the Russian "red line" would be the safety of its own forces, which are based alongside their Syrian and sometimes Iranian comrades in many areas of western Syria.

"The current state of U.S. and United Kingdom network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, threatens our respective safety, security, and economic well-being", it said.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the U.S., Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council - China and Bolivia.




Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the US-led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions.

President Vladimir Putin used the pause to engage in some diplomatic exchanges, which had neither the feeling of urgency nor any chance for success.

They agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said in a statement.

Chuck Holton, a war correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network and frequent contributor to NRATV, also joined the chorus of right-wing voices this week, claiming that the April 7 chemical attack could be a "false flag".

Haley spoke directly after Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia, who charged that the Saturday attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria, was faked by foreign intelligence services.

A hacker could also "potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations", the joint alert said. And, you know, he's basically saying that - you know, what Russia's said all along.

The official claimed that as a result of the Russian pressure to comply with an invitation made by the Syrian government itself, the specialists of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are preparing to travel to Syria. After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the US president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

"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", Trump said in a televised address from the White House.