Are air strikes on Syria justified?

Are air strikes on Syria justified?

Are air strikes on Syria justified?

"The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing".

Syria and Russian Federation deny unleashing poison gas during their offensive on Douma this month, which ended with the recapture of the town that had been the last rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus. British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the two countries - whose forces now control the town east of Damascus - of trying to cover up evidence.

On Monday, the Prime Minister accused Russian Federation and Syria of having so far prevented a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reaching Douma.

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Experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and are now expected to visit that site in the town of Douma Wednesday.

"On Wednesday is when we plan the arrival of the OPCW experts", he added at a press conference in the Russian embassy in The Hague.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the allegation, telling the BBC he could "guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site".

Mr Ryabkov said: "As far as I understand what is hampering a speedy resolution of this problem is the consequences of the illegal, unlawful military action that Great Britain and other countries conducted on Saturday".

However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations has "provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma. We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma", said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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Syrian state media early Tuesday said air defence had shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases. Whether intentional or not, the attack may also facilitate censorship, promote domestic conformity and intimidate some dissenters.

It did not elaborate or say who carried out the airstrikes.

"We clearly need a war powers act in this country to transform a now broken convention into a legal obligation", the Labour leader said.

This Defense Department map shows the three Syrian facilities targeted in the coalition strikes late Friday. The New York Times quoted an unnamed Israeli military source as saying Israel had carried out an April 9 air strike in Syria.

The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered. Until Saturday, the city was the last rebel-held town near the capital and the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands. Several said a unusual smell started spreading and people screamed, "It's chlorine!"

After the most recent attack in Douma that killed about 75 people, Alkhadi rushed to contact relatives still living in Syria, who told her the situation is awful.

Nuseir, 25, said he ran from the shelter to a nearby clinic and fainted. Ahmed Abed al-Nafaa said helicopters were flying before the attack and when he reached the site, people were screaming "chlorine".

Over the weekend the OPCW sent inspectors on a fact-finding visit to Douma to search for evidence and interview witnesses.

President Donald Trump's options were extremely limited. "I still remember that day the cloud was black and the people were choking by the chemical attack", explains Alkhadi.

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The last week has seen several reported strikes in Syria.

Assad stated that Syria would continue its independent development "despite the agenda, imposed by the West".

Photos of the missile strike launched by the USA, the United Kingdom, and France on targets in Syria on Friday night appear to show the Syrian defenses firing blindly in a wild and most likely failed attempt to intercept the missiles. The OPCW team does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attack.

The media activist claimed that the warplanes had taken off from the Al Shayrat or the Tiyas airbase in Homs controlled by the Syrian government.

Jens Stoltenberg said the strikes were a "clear message" to Assad, Russia and Iran that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable and that the allies would not stand idle.

The British envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, put the Douma attack in a wider context of chemical weapons use in Syria during the war. "Our American partners are clearly getting nervous".

The 28 ministers condemned the military offensive, backed by Russian Federation, that the Syrian government is waging against rebels and called for an immediate ceasefire to allow humanitarian access. She said Syrian officials have been searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not smuggled out.

The pace of the US withdrawal, too, could be agreed upon cooperatively, and a mechanism to leave behind a small cadre of USA troops to hunt the remaining Islamic State leadership could also be worked out with Russian Federation. "There's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there", McKenzie said.

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