US still ‘locked, loaded’ for new Syria attacks
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. (