CNN’s National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem said that she is not worried about the US being dragged into war, and that the allied airstrikes are unlikely to break the status quo in Syria.
While Germany did not join the US precision strikes on Syrian targets overnight (as the United Kingdom and France did), the country does support the action taken to deter the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons on its own citizens, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday morning.
In a statement released on the Bundestag website, Merkel said:
The military operation was necessary and appropriate to preserve the effectiveness of the international ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations.100 years after the end of the First World War, we are all called upon to counteract the erosion of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Germany will resolutely support all diplomatic action in this direction.
Following the trilateral airstrikes launched in Syria, a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) will be held Saturday afternoon, a NATO official tells CNN. France, the United Kingdom and the United States will brief allies on actions taken in Syria, the official said.
The NAC is the most important decision-making body within NATO. It is made up of representatives of the Allies, including ambassadors, ministers, and heads of state and government. There is no voting or decision by majority.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense says they believe the airstrikes overnight by the US, UK and France were not in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, but were instead a response to the “success” of the Syrian army in liberating their territory from international terrorism.
At a press conference, Russia’s Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy emphasized how the airstrikes were carried out on the same day the OPCW is to start its work in Douma.
A British Typhoon jet lands at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, following US, British and French strikes on Syria overnight.
The overnight airstrikes against Syrian targets by the US and its allies will be seen as a major victory for Syrian president Bashar Al Assad — and his military. The Syrian presidency posted a video on Twitter of Assad casually walking to work in the morning. Syria claims to have shot down many of the missiles that targeted Damascus and the alleged chemical storage facilities near Homs. Meanwhile, Russia appears to be taunting the US, saying the President Trump’s “smart” and shiny missiles were taken down by the Syrian military using weapons developed in the USSR in the 1970s. So far, these strikes do not appear to have depleted the conventional capabilities of the Syrian army.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry said the joint US, UK and French airstrikes were a “flagrant violation of international law and the principals of UN charter,” according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.
“Syria calls on the international community to strongly condemn this aggression, which will lead to nothing but the igniting of tensions around the world and pose a threat to international peace and security as a whole,” the Ministry said.
Russia is calling for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the “aggressive actions” of the United States and its allies, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said in a statement Saturday.
Responding to a question about why she did not seek parliamentary approval before launching military strikes on Syria, flouting convention, British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated that she felt the action was necessary.
She said the action was taken “in a timely fashion” in response to last weekend’s alleged chemical weapons attack.
“For operational security reasons, it was right we acted in the way we did,” May said.
May said she would make a statement to Parliament on Monday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the strikes against Syria were “absolutely in Britain’s national interest.”
She said the action was taken to reinforce international norms against the use of chemical weapons, adding that the use of a “nerve agent on Britain’s streets is part of a systematic pattern of disregarding these norms.”
The Syria strikes send a “clear message to anyone else who thinks they can use chemical weapons with impunity,” May said.
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