Sunday, April 9, 2017

Trump's Syria strike celebrated by 'terrorists'

Trump's Syria strike celebrated by 'terrorists'
By BBC


At least six people are reported to have been killed in the missile strikes in the early hours of Friday.

The strikes followed Wednesday's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, in which 89 people are reported to have died.

The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents, while its ally Russia said - without providing evidence - that an air strike hit a storage facility where rebels were keeping chemical weapons.

On Saturday in the Syrian capital Damascus and around the world, people protested against the air strikes, insisting there should be no US war against Syria.

In a speech broadcast on state television, Iran's President Mr Rouhani said: "The man who is now in office in America claimed that he wanted to fight terrorism. But today, all the terrorists in Syria are celebrating this US attack.

"Why did you help terrorist groups and support them in your first move?"

Iran has used the term "terrorist groups" to refer to rebels, many backed by the US, who are fighting against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

But Mr Rouhani backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack.

On Saturday, Russia called on the US to provide evidence for its claim that there were chemical weapons at the site.

Defence ministry spokesman Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said: "None of those at the airfield wear gas masks and they all feel perfectly normal.

"The question thus arises: who once again slipped something in to yet another US president as 'evidence' of the existence of 'chemical weapons' in a country Washington objects to, and what exactly was it?

"The only way to obtain any objective evidence of the alleged presence of poisonous substances at Shayrat and present it to the entire world community is to send a mission of professional experts there."

North Korea, meanwhile, called Friday's strike "an unforgivable act of aggression" which showed its own decision to develop nuclear weapons was "the right choice a million times over".

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