US still ‘locked, loaded’ for new Syria at­tacks

Panay News - - WORLD -

DA­M­AS­CUS – Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has warned Syria’s gov­ern­ment that the Unites States (US) is “locked and loaded” to strike again if it car­ries out new chem­i­cal at­tacks.

The warn­ing came af­ter the US, United King­dom and France struck three Syr­ian sites in re­sponse to a sus­pected deadly chem­i­cal at­tack in the town of Douma a week ago.

Syria de­nied any chem­i­cal use and said that at­tack was fab­ri­cated by rebels.

A United Na­tions (UN) Se­cu­rity Coun­cil vote brought by Syria’s ally, Rus­sia, and con­demn­ing the US-led strikes was re­jected.

The wave of strikes rep­re­sents the most sig­nif­i­cant at­tack against Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s gov­ern­ment by Western pow­ers in seven years of Syria’s civil war.

There was a bit­ter ex­change at a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil emer­gency meet­ing on Satur­day as Rus­sia sought to se­cure a con­dem­na­tion of the early morn­ing air strikes by Western pow­ers.

Rus­sia’s UN en­voy, Vass­ily Neben­zia, read out a quote from Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin ac­cus­ing the al­lies of “cyn­i­cal dis­dain” in act­ing without wait­ing for the re­sults of a chem­i­cal watch­dog in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Douma in­ci­dent. (

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