United States 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

United States 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

United States 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a group of Russian politicians that Western missile strikes on his country are an act of aggression, Russian news agencies say. He added, "So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had".

The UN Security Council on April 14 rejected an effort by Russian Federation, a key ally of Syria, to denounce it as an unjustified "aggression" against a sovereign state.

The attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, Washington said, in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago.

Asked if this meant Mr Assad could carry on using barrel bombs and other means in the war provided he did not use chemical weapons, Mr Johnson said that was the "unhappy" outcome.

She's worked with refugees for more than 40 years and says after meeting many people from Syria, it's hard to support the air strikes that occoured on Friday night.

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A resolution put forth by Russian Federation here at the UN Security Council condemning the missile attack was rejected.

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the worldwide law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

Just hours after striking Syrian government chemical weapon sites, the three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the United Nations security council that "demands" President Bashar al-Assad's regime engage in UN-led peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without pre-conditions".

Addressing told the council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said at an emergency United Nations meeting called by Russian Federation.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain had a duty to show that Syria had not "got away with it" and it was standing up against Assad's "barbarism".

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said. The operation targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities - one in the capital of Damascus and two others near Homs, near the border with northern Lebanon. "We've spent a week talking about the unique horror of chemical weapons".

Meanwhile, the Syrian Army announced on April 14 that eastern Ghouta, the region near Damascus where Douma is situated, had been cleared of the last rebel fighters and was fully retaken.

It further demands that the United States and its allies immediately end military action against Syria and refrain from any further use of force in the future.

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