Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Syria strikes' aim met, more possible if red line crossed

Syria strikes' aim met, more possible if red line crossed

At the same time, Maron said that Paris hasn't declared a war on Damascus, despite the participation in anti-Syrian strikes.

He added that he told Putin that Russian Federation was complicit in the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad.

Macron said Sunday that France had proof that chlorine and chemical weapons had been used. He did not give the source of his proof but it was assumed that France's respected military and external intelligence services had gathered the evidence.

The strikes were a response to the suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

Political opponents had criticized Macron for drawing a red line over chemical attacks after the unfortunate precedent set by former U.S. President Barack Obama, who had put himself in a tough spot with a similar ultimatum in 2012. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity.

American objectives in Syria have not altered, the White House said Sunday, reiterating that President Donald Trump wants United States troops home "as quickly as possible".

'We convinced him it was necessary to stay, ' he added.

"Ten days ago, President Trump said the USA's will is to disengage from Syria".

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"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

"We support the fact that our U.S., United Kingdom and French allies took on responsibility in this way as permanent members of the U.N. Security Council".

"We cannot tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security", Macron added.

Inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were due to go to Douma Sunday after arriving in Syria shortly after Saturday's strikes, and have yet to report on any findings.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley made clear the United States would not pull troops out of Syria right away, saying U.S. involvement there "is not done".

"We're not going to leave until we know we've accomplished those things", she said.

It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria's seven-year civil war, and Macron's first important military operation since his election in May last year.

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