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Local Congressional Leaders on Syria Airstrikes

Local Congressional Leaders on Syria Airstrikes

LIMA, Peru-Canada has become the latest to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.

In response to a suspected chemical gas attack on a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, which killed dozens of people, President Donald Trump ordered "precision" strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities.

While Western powers have supported rebels from early on in the war, they have not intervened against Syria directly.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met overnight with representatives of the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog at a Damascus hotel. Allowing his bombing and gas attacks to continue will add to the refugee crisis and the economic and political owes it has created, particular for Lebanon. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for their findings before attacking. It was not clear when the visit would take place.

He also noted that while administration officials had notified congressional leaders Friday just before the strike, "they didn't supply the evidence" of chemical use. "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC.

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack", he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.

"You are not only placing yourselves above global law, but you are trying to re-write worldwide law", Nebenzia said.

The Syrian foreign ministry said the US-led strikes would only "lead to inflaming tensions in the world" and threaten worldwide security.

Both the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russian Federation have denied all responsibility.




Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Assad's most prominent allies, issued statements declaring the strikes were a violation of global law.

"We of course know our work in Syria is not done".

Russian Federation has used its veto 12 times at the Security Council to block action targeting its Syrian ally.

"We've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program", said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.

Despite the fact that Syria had destroyed all of its chemical weapons' arsenal several years ago, which has repeatedly been confirmed by worldwide monitors, Haley also accused the Syrian government of making the use of chemical weapons "more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

Backed by Iranian military aid and Russian airpower, Syrian President Bashar Assad has almost defeated the Islamist-dominated rebel groups spawned in the chaos of Syria's 2011 revolution.

A year ago the United States alone launched a missile attack on the regime over its use of chemical weapons.

Iran has also been supportive of the Assad regime.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off.