Friday, 18 October, 2019

The Pentagon Says Strikes 'Crippled' Syria's Chemical Weapons Sites

A Syrian soldier sprays water on the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Center compound in the Barzeh district north of Damascus during a press tour organised by the Syrian information ministry on Apr The Pentagon Says Strikes 'Crippled' Syria's Chemical Weapons Sites
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2018, 18:03

In coordination with Britain and France, more than 100 missiles were launched at a few Syrian targets that were involved in Assad's production of chemical weapons.

Critics have complained that the strikes pre-empted the probe by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the alleged attack on April 7.

As the diplomatic fallout of Saturday's airstrikes continued, the United Kingdom on Monday accused Russian Federation and Syria of blocking experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from accessing Douma, the site of the suspected gas attack.

Western countries are making a push both at the OPCW in The Hague and the United Nations in the NY to secure wider diplomatic support for a clampdown on the use of chemical weapons in the Syria.

The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on Saturday, April 14, 2018, following a US -led allied missile attack. He denied any chemical weapons attack had occurred, accusing Britain of staging the attack that killed more than 40 people.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov blamed the Western air strikes carried out early on Saturday for holding up a mission by the OPCW team to Douma.

It fails to take into account an unwelcome but inevitable reality: Iran has won this round as the result of a series of events that began in March 2003, when the USA invaded Iraq.

President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Monday it was ready to cooperate and facilitate the work of the OPCW team, but did not say when they would go to the site.

Both Russia and the Syrian government have welcomed the OPCW visit.

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He said: "The Government's failure to seek - let alone obtain - parliamentary approval for these air strikes sets a precedent for potential and more risky future action not just in Syria, but other countries". Government forces and Russian troops have deployed in Douma, which has now fallen under the control of the Syrian government. The Syrian regime is reportedly in the process of importing equipment to support the resumption of an industrial-sized chemical weapons program, in violation of the regime's commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

"I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site", Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. He said government officials met with the delegation several times to discuss cooperation.

Syria has in the past accused the West of politically manipulating the OPCW mission.

Responsibility for the chemical attacks in Douma has been attributed to either Syrian rebels or al-Assad, depending on the source, but US intelligence agencies and USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were not able to provide the results of its analysis of the chemical agents used in Douma prior to the airstrikes. The OPCW team does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attack.

The US has raised the prospect of more sanctions against Russian Federation. The joint body was created in 2015 and found the Syrian government responsible for using sarin gas previous year in Khan Shaykhoun, a rebel-held area in northern Syria. That was the same airbase the United States struck in 2017 in response to a chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikhoun. Russian Federation claims that 71 of 103 missiles fired were shot down, although the Pentagon says that is not true. Stoltenberg spoke in an interview with Turkey's NTV television on Monday.

Hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in Damascus on Monday to show support for the Syrian government's armed forces after the airstrikes by the US and its allies, The Associated Press reported.

State TV broadcast the rally live from the central square, where protesters waved Syrian flags in a demonstration that was dubbed a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army".

Those who cheer this most recent intervention all too easily forget the lessons of Iraq and Libya-in so doing they also denigrate global multilateral bodies that they so often claim to believe in.

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