US missile strike against Syria
The US fired almost 60 cruise missiles at an airfield of the Syrian army, claiming that it was used to conduct a chemical weapons attack at a rebel-held town in the province of Idlib on Tuesday.
Bolivia has requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to be held behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the US missile attack against Syria, a senior Security Council diplomat told Reuters.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington did not contact the Russian leadership or “any other level within Russian infrastructure” before conducting the airstrike on the Syrian base.
“No contacts were made with Moscow, with President Putin,” Tillerson told reporters at Mar-a-Lago.

The governor of Homs province said the American strike against the Syrian army installation was helping terrorist forces.

“The Syrian leadership and Syrian policy will not change,” Talal Barazi said in a phone interview with state television, as cited by Reuters. “This targeting was not the first and I don't believe it will be the last.”
He also said firefighting and rescue operations were underway at the Shayrat airfield.

The American attack against Syria came a day after its UN envoy, Nikki Haley, threatened unilateral action against Damascus unless the UN Security Council acted collectively on the alleged attack. The US and its allies Britain and France wanted the UNSC to pass a resolution blaming the Syrian government for the incident. Russia opposed it, saying a proper investigation was necessary before blame could be assigned in the case.

Tillerson added that the US had a high degree of confidence that sarin gas was used in the alleged chemical attack. He didn’t offer an explanation of why the people responding to the incident were apparently not affected by sarin despite not wearing any protection gear, as footage released by the activists suggests.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Russia of failing to carry out the 2013 agreement to secure Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, claiming that Moscow was either incompetent or complicit. The mandate to remove and destroy the weapons was never laid on Moscow. The Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) did the job and has been verifying that Damascus kept its part of the bargain jointly with the UN.

Conflicting reports came from Syria on whether the US missiles caused loss of life on the ground, with some reports saying they did and others saying they didn’t. The Syrian state TV called the attack “American aggression”.

US President Donald Trump said the attack against Syria served “vital national security interest of the United States” in a statement to the nation. He claimed that there could be no dispute on whether Damascus was guilty of the alleged attack. He further called on “all civilized nations” to join the US “in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”


攻撃された基地はShayrat Air Baseのようです。

Saudi Arabia ‘fully supports’ the US strike against Syria, Al Arabiya reported.

US lawmakers have been sharply divided on President Donald Trump’s decision to order a missile strike without consulting lawmakers.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has criticized the decision, saying that the incursion is hardly justified given the past experiences of the US in the Middle East.

“Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu sided with Paul, pointing that “attacking the Assad regime requires congressional approval,” as opposed to the actions that are carried out “in defense of the US.”

Hillary Clinton’s former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine took a similar stance, calling Trump’s decision to go war unilaterally “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) argued that if the issue was not urgently debated in Congress it would mean the “abdication of our responsibility.”

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who used to voice highly critical opinions on Trump, praised him this time, saying that Trump “deserves the support of the American people” as he "confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) also commended Trump.
“The action in Syria was appropriate and just,” he wrote on Twitter.

Russia suspends flight safety memorandum over Syria after US missile strike – Foreign Ministry

“This time, they didn't even care to provide any facts, just referred to some photos, speculated on the photos of kids yet again, and of course speculated on the testimony of various NGOs, including the infamous swindlers from the White Helmets, who stage different situations to provoke activities against the Syrian government,” Lavrov said.

6 MiG-23 aircraft destroyed in US strike on Syrian airfield, runway undamaged – Russian MoD

Six MiG-23 fighter jets were destroyed in the US missile strike on a Syrian airfield in Homs province, but the runway remained intact, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs Province destroyed a material storage depot, a training facility, a canteen, six MiG-23 aircraft in repair hangars and a radar station.

The runway, taxiways and the Syrian aircraft on the parking apron remained undamaged, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman said in a statement.

The ministry described the combat efficiency of the strike as “quite poor.”

“On April 7, 2017, between 3:42am and 3:56am Moscow time, two US Navy destroyers (USS Porter and USS Ross) fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat airfield in Homs Province, Syria, from an area near the Island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea.

“According to our sources, only 23 of them reached the Syrian airbase,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, adding that the points of impact of the other 36 cruise missiles remain unknown.

The ministry also slammed the US actions as “a gross violation” of the memorandum of understanding signed by Moscow in Washington back in 2015 to prevent flight incidents in Syrian airspace.

All justifications for the strike are “groundless claims,” the ministry continued.

“Russia made an earlier statement that the Syrian forces did not use chemical weapons. We are waiting for clarification from the US on undisputed – as they claim – evidence that it was the Syrian Army that deployed chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.”

The ministry also pointed to the events that followed the strikes, a large-scale offensive against the Syrian Army carried out by Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front terrorists.

“We hope that this offensive was in no way coordinated with the US,” the ministry said.

"A number of measures aimed at strengthening and improving the effectiveness of the Syrian air defense system will be implemented in the near future in order to protect the vital parts of the Syrian infrastructure," Konashenkov said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has amounted the situation in Syria to “an international armed conflict” following the US strikes on Syrian airfield in Shayrat, Reuters cites a spokesperson as saying.

“Any military operation by a state on the territory of another without the consent of the other amounts to an international armed conflict," Iolanda Jaquemet said.
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