Turkey welcomes US Syria strike, urges no-fly zone

08 April, 2017, 00:05 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

THE Syrian army said in a statement that six soldiers were killed by USA missile strike that targeted a Syrian air base in central Syria on Friday.

US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on Damascus.

"We hope for more strikes. that these are just the beginning", spokesman Ahmad Ramadan told AFP news agency. "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council".

The Pentagon added the strike "was meant to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again". Peskov, speaking days after a suspected chemical weapons attack, says Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad is not unconditional. This is how Britain's most high-profile politicians have reacted to the move. "It sends a strong message to the Assad regime, and. has been struck at the very airfield from which the chemical attack was delivered", Turnbull said.

"Vladimir Putin believes that complete disregard for factual information about the use by terrorists of chemical weapons drastically aggravates the situation", it said in a statement.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was keen to stress, though, that the attack was not the beginning of an worldwide campaign as seen in other troubled Middle Eastern countries like Iraq.

"This strike was very limited to one airfield, it was entirely appropriate, it's created to deter the regime from carrying out further chemical weapons attacks".

"We've not been asked to be involved in this, this was not a matter for the coalition that's in Syria and Iraq fighting Daesh", Fallon added.

"I would tell you that the response from our allies, as well as the region and the Middle East has been overwhelmingly supportive of the action we taken", Tillerson said.

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"To protect Syria's most sensitive infrastructure, a complex of measures will be implemented in the near future to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces' air defence system", defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

The attack was deemed one of the worst in Syria's civil war.

"But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people". No one is supporting the Syrian people. Washington gave Russian Federation advance warning of the attack.

February 28, 2017: Russian Federation, a stalwart ally of the Syrian government, and China veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against the Syrian government for chemical weapons use.

Turkey has repeatedly called for Assad to go while Russian Federation and Iran remain the president's most important allies in the more than six-year war.

"This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response". "President Obama, do not attack Syria. We can not stand by, we must act".

"We also assess, with a similar degree of confidence, that the Assad regime used a chemical nerve agent consistent with Sarin in these attacks".

"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".

"There are now no good options in Syria".

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