Douma is under the protection of Russia’s military police, and with 12 days having passed since the attack, concerns are growing that evidence could fall prey to tampering or be otherwise compromised.
Also on April 19, the Pentagon said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still retained the ability to launch “limited” chemical weapons attacks. Russian Federation is now spreading videos featuring children, while the attacks took the lives of more than 45 people and left a large number of others injured. Iran, who has bankrolled terrorist plots throughout the region, labeled it a “war crime”.
The U.S. and Britain accused the Syrian government and Russian Federation of delaying the investigation to stage a cover up. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Trump can lean on a sweeping 2001 authorization for use of military force against al Qaeda, which has nothing to do with Assad’s regime.
It represented a complete, if momentary turnaround by Trump who, up until now, has refused to condemn Putin’s duplicitous interference in America’s 2016 elections, or his alliance with Assad to crush a brutal, politically repressive dictatorship.
Last week’s missile attacks on Syria by the United States, Britain and France represented a coordinated response to the ruling regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma.
White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia’s ambassador on April 19 that better relations between the two countries required addressing US concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said.
The report from Panda matches pictures taken on the night of the strike that show missile defense sites firing on ballistic trajectories that don’t resemble the paths they’d take to actually intercept a missile.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria”.
Schiff and Kaine’s letter mirrors a similar request sent in 2017, asking Trump to explain the legal basis for the strike against Syria’s Shayrat airbase on April 6, 2017.
“The Syrian regime has an abhorrent record of using chemical weapons against its own people”, and the use of chemical weapons “has become an all-too-regular weapon of war in the Syrian conflict”, British representative to the OPCW Peter Wilson said earlier this week.
The organisation’s chief, Ahmet Üzümcü, announced in The Hague in June 2014 that the last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons had been shipped out of the country for destruction. White said all the targets were hit in the combined strikes.
He also noted that after the attack, Russian Federation is no longer bound to a moral duty to not supply Damascus with the S-3000 air defense missile system.
“The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, expressed Washington’s concern that almost two weeks after the attack, inspectors would find tampering of evidence”. Since 2013, companies need a licence to export chemicals to Syria. “Animal Assad would have been history!” “Big price to pay”.
Western powers accuse the Damascus government of an April 7 chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, where the World Health Organization said 43 people who died suffered “symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals”.
The United States is showing concern that Russian Federation may have tampered with the sites.