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because. russia slams america and its sound lies over the strikes against syria saying they have violated the un charter moscow is also calling for an emergency security council meeting over the aggression. president trump ordered the strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack last week the allies that struck just hours before experts from the international chemical weapons watchdog were due to arrive at the scene of the poison attack. britain's prime minister justifies the attack on syria limited targeted and defective the leader of the u.k. opposition party denounces the operations thing the bombing wouldn't save lives.
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a very warm welcome you are watching r.t. international with me mickey aaron we're continuing to bring you all the latest details on our breaking news story russia has slammed america at the u.k. and france over strikes on syria calling their actions a violation of the u.n. charter president putin has issued a statement on the attack and for more on that we're now joined by dan over in the studio igor thanks for coming in what more can you tell us about what president putin has said in response to these strikes well basically he condemned in the strongest terms possible the military action taken by the u.s. the u.k. and france you said that this group of. troops to target not just the military facilities but the civilian world saying that they basically have violated all international norms and as pretext for those strikes letterman said they chose a fake they chose a. staged
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a chemical attack he stressed that he does not believe that the chemical attack happened in duma as because the russian military entered the city right after the allegations and couldn't find any evidence of any nerve or toxic agent being used there and in fact they couldn't find any witnesses to the events described by those making the accusation have a listen as to how that reporting addressed the situation for. the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has deployed its specialist on a fact finding mission but a group of western countries cynically ignored this launching a military attack without waiting for the results of the investigation russia emphatically condemns this attack on syria where russian servicemen are helping villages government fight terrorists with its actions the united states only exacerbates the humanitarian disaster in syria bringing suffering to civilians
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essentially abetting terrorists who have been tormenting the syrian people for seven years and provoking a new wave of refugees from this country and the region in general. the russian president also touched upon the investigation in that statement there are fears that this latest military action could interfere with the watchdog's probe isn't there it tell us more well yes indeed because these strikes were launched literally hours before the official o.p.c. w.u.n. backed chemical body investigation was supposed to kick off on sites in damascus and so now the biggest question is how if in any way of course these strikes affected the vest again on the ground because were the facilities that the investigator is intended to search to look into were the bomb and have they been damaged have they been completely destroyed or has the investigation been or has the strikes maybe the strikes did not hamper the investigation at all so this is
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the big question that lies in front of the international community right now and we have reached out to the p.c. w. haven't we for a comment on whether these strikes will inhibit or affect their investigation in any way when we do hear from them we will be bringing our viewers that latest information all eyes are of course on moscow for response to these strikes now what else is coming out of russia where the russian foreign ministry has reacted as well first and foremost. to the u.n. security council to look into these strikes and has to retaliate to punish basically that the russian foreign ministry has said that the u.s. the u.k. and france should be brought to justice or over what the what russia views. as an attack which violated international norms russia is going to submit to the u.n. security council all facts and data regarding these strikes the ones that russia
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has and in fact an emergency security council meeting called by russia is expected very shortly later on saturday. the foreign ministry warned that those attacks that come without a sanction from the un is see. defacto there diluting the role of the council the international role of the council and this is a day they've called it a dangerous tendency so also the foreign ministry touched upon something that france has france has said that apparently paris has intelligence information that since twenty thirteen syria have been working on its secret chemical weapons program this is something that is going in contrast with what the o.p.c. w. had said before because the o.p.c. w in twenty sixteen the found that the syrian government got rid of all of its
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toxic stockpiles that was something. that russia oversaw and the o.p.c. w. had full control of and so the russian foreign ministry has said that if france had this information since twenty thirteen as the claim then why bring it now why only bring it up now and stay silent for so many years it was done of thank you for those details. and do you stay tuned throughout the day with the international beeper can you with an emergency set session of the u.n. security council so stay with us in the meantime american british and french forces that pounded syria with missile and and strikes in the early hours of saturday morning that's not breaking news story today president trump announced the military action in a t.v. address as he spoke explosions rocks the capital damascus it comes in response to
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an alleged chemical attack in a syrian town of duma we could go more than reports. but we heard an announcement from u.s. president donald trump about the pending strike against the syrian government in coordination with the u.k. and france now he used the phrase strong deterrence to describe his motivation said he wanted to deter the syrian government from carrying out future chemical attacks he called out iran and russia saying what kind of nation would want to be aligned with a mass murderer and from there he used some rather inflammatory language that's kind of almost trademark language of us president donald trump very terrible regime these are not the actions of a man. they are crimes of a monster instead so today the nations of britain france and the united states of america have martial their righteous power against barbarism and brutality
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now after that we got a military update our we heard from general joseph dunford as well as u.s. secretary of defense james mattis they spoke to the u.s. media and to the world basically giving the lowdown on what had happened now at that point the striking had already stopped they said it was fifteen minutes of sustained airstrikes against the syrian government furthermore it's important to note that when james mattis was speaking not only after the attacks but also earlier in the week he wasn't willing to go into detail about the attack and was rather vague about the kind of information that he actually had but i am confident the syrian regime conducted a chemical attack on innocent people. we are very confident that chlorine was used we are not ruling out sure and right now we have the intelligence level of competence that we needed to conduct the attack. i believe there was
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a chemical attack and we're looking for the actual evidence the o.p.c. w this your goodness ration for the chemical weapons convention and we're trying to get those inspectors in if we get them in and we will not know who did it they can only say that they found evidence or did not broader in the international community there is simply not consensus about what actually happened in the syrian town of duma we've seen the u.n. security council meetings and we've seen a big disagreement between countries russia's representative has come forward before the u.n. security council and said that they have sent russian experts and russia chemical experts to do at it in duma they have not found any traces of chemicals they have not found any. who have come forward and said they witnessed or that they themselves are victims of chemical attacks no one in hospitals being treated and we then heard nikki haley the representative of the united states before the u.n. security council we heard her coming out and saying in the aftermath of this this
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allegation of an attack without any investigation having been done saying what she believes had taken place did a chemical weapons attack happened yes the u.s. has analyzed he yes it has happened to u.k. has analyzed yes it has happened france has analyzed yes it has happened three separate analysis all coming back with the same thing there is proof that this happened so we're still waiting for a broader reaction to this this airstrike people are waiting to see what will happen next i know people were anticipating this strike because of donald trump's tweet saying telling russia to get ready for the missiles you know insulting the syrian president with certain language or as of now we understood that there were there was fifty minutes of airstrikes against the syrian arab republic by the united states we're waiting to see what the next move is and what will happen next in the international community but as prime minister to resign may has praised be
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a thought on syria and limited targeted and effective i cannot tell you everything but let me give an example of some of the evidence that leads us to this conclusion open source accounts allege that a barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals multiple open source reports claim that a regime helicopter was observed above the city of duma on the evening of the seventh of april and reliable intelligence indicates that syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in duma on the seventh of april we judge it's highly likely both that the syrian regime has continued to use chemical weapons since then and will continue to do so. british and french fighter jets could be seen taking off and landing from their bases in the region french cruise missiles were also seen being launched initially paris stressed it would not allow an escalation and the u.k. and gauged in the operation without parliamentary approval or let's get the latest
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details now from some countries directly involved across live close to isa ali our correspondent in london was there when it was s'posed the reaction been from the u.k. . so the u.k. this morning announcing that they took part in those bombing raids in the attack against syria but we've heard from to reason made this morning she's been holding a press conference here in london at downing street and confirming that for jets took part in that they launched a series of air strikes how successful those airstrikes have been remain to be seen we're seeing reports from the russian foreign ministry that the vast majority of those of those strikes were shot down so it's reason may not speaking to the success of them but very clear to make it to make the point that this is not an attempt at regime change but merely in her words trying to deter any future use of
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alleged chemical weapon she said that there was no practical alternative to the use of force we've also been hearing from the opposition the leader of the opposition jeremy corbyn he's the labor party leader and he called into question how legally sound these asteroids. bombs won't save lives or bring about peace britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a cease fire in the conflict not taken instructions from washington and putting british military personnel in harm's way to resume a should have sought parliamentary approval not trailed after donald trump. as alluded to the jeremy corbyn reason made launching those airstrikes without parliamentary approval this was brought up to her during that press conference this morning and she said that she would be bringing the issue in front of the house of
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commons on monday two days after the attack took place perhaps she has about two thousand and thirteen vote in mind when david cameron wanted to also go to war with syria but lost the parliamentary vote and how she was looking to avoid a similar embarrassing defeat there are a number of m.p.'s not just in the labor party but even in her own conservative policy her own backbench m.p.'s who potentially were getting ready to rebel against about this attack on syria she has received support from the foreign secretary johnson however he's been on twitter saying that he welcomes the news of u.k. military strikes against what he says are major chemical weapons facilities in syria and saying that the world is united in its discussed of the use of these weapons against civilians and we've also how about how to before foreign secretary
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david miliband he's condemned this attack and said that diplomacy should be the way forward and also pointing out that humanitarian support is the main thing that the syrian people need in the polls in the country which shows a vast majority of people are not in support of this type of military action in syria remains to be seen exactly how damaging politically this could be for two reason me he said thank you for those details that ceased speaking live from london that let's go to paris now to our car spondon shot it depends keyshawn that france was also part of this operation in syria what's the latest. well we've actually been hearing from the french foreign ministry on saturday morning let's listen in directly to what he had to say about france taking part in this coordinated action by the u.s. france the u.k. . actors in accordance with our responsibility
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the use of chemical weapons in syria is an acceptable because it's a violation of international law and basic human rights. as. well this morning france also released a document outlining its case for why it believes that a chemical attack took place and why it believes that the assad government was behind that attack it says it unless it has had analysts of the photos of testimonies and videos from a do you know where the alleged attack took place and it says that after analyzing it has a high degree of confidence that this was not money fact should all recycled and it says that the symptoms they believe all characteristics of chemical weapons also in regards to assad being culpable francaise it again has a high degree of confidence due to the particular situation in eastern guta around
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april eleventh when this alleged attack was said to take place and it's also accused syria saying that there is evidence assad had been stockpiling chemical weapons for some years now and many people questioning some of that evidence saying it's not evidence from the ground it is mainly evidence from social media and from videos posted on press websites and the russian foreign ministry also questioning that indication that assad has been stockpiling chemical weapons saying if it had that information for many years why is it taken until now to release that information there's also been criticism here in france from some opposition leaders including marine le pen. she's the leader of the national front here in france she took to twitter on saturday morning to say this she said that this action in gauges france in unpredictable and potentially dramatic consequences and she said that
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france loses an opportunity to appear on the international stage as being an independent and balance of power also some reaction from neighboring country luxembourg this morning suggesting the strikes can only be conducted based on a u.n. security council resolution which clearly they do not. depend ski in paris thank you for that. well can our cross live to our guest yano burke from the independent think tank and the trans national foundation for peace and future research. so two reason may is that the u.k.'s decision was based on open source reports and reliable intelligence why didn't they wait for a proper investigation on the ground. good answer that very very precise question that's what i think the whole world should wonder about what is this very about normally in a legal to say you have an investigation you have
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a conviction and then comes the punishment of the perpetrator here we have turned the whole thing on its head and said and that was what president trump said immediately when he talked about animals that iran and russia being responsible for this and of course if you run your policies on twitter and facebook and on me to news unfolds information then you will one day be caught yourself in it and that's what i think these countries have by having said all these stupid things way before they could know it they are also you know look the feeling of lying to do something about it and instead of waiting until there has been a neutral objective investigation they rushed to do this and in the name of protecting international law there was really violating there is nothing in international law or in the u.n. charter that would give legitimacy to what happened last night. as our
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correspondent just touched upon in a recent report the french ministry of defense said it had known about a syrian chemical weapons program since twenty first scene if that's the case why take action now and not much earlier. well all this i would to probably say without having been on the ground and looked at that i have been to syria but not looked into chemical factories it was clear that the international community and does arm syria after the two thousand and thirteen events and discussions about that and it was announced by both the u.s. and international organizations at all chemical weapons and materials that been taken out of syria so coming back now and saying that this is what happened and this is what we have known for six years and all that seems very unlikely to be true to me and secondly i think it is it should be condemned and my foundation has sent out a statement this morning about it it should be condemned to because it was
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a very high risk activity that could have caused enormous problems just one stray missile in two hours thing area just killing a lot of syrians just killing some russian and ukrainian citizens and you could have a conflagration that would go the whole way through the middle east then maybe to an east west. confrontation in the area i mean i think i think it irresponsible policies and i think the world should express its sympathy with the international law and the suffering of the people in syria but condemn it that this is the way international law is are held without a single u.n. mandate or anything else that would be necessary to call this illegal and illegitimate operation it is not and it was a high risk thing and third and that is of course magnet my approach to the whole thing as a peace researcher this has brought the possibility of making peace and reconciliation
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and normalization in syria much more difficult than it already was appalled by the lack of peace knowledge of conflict resolution knowledge and those who are. when it comes to understanding conflicts they go to violence if we don't deliberately approach what is the problem let's try to solve it then just resort shelby military . again and again. the guest has militarized this conflict incredibly since two thousand and eleven and it must start masterpiece first and then discussions about how to secure peace not. absolutely thank you for sharing your thoughts of theirs ya know the director of the independent think tank the transnational foundation for peace and future research thing when we were in washington says it's confident that the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people according to
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a white house statement their confidence in that is based not on intelligence but on media and n.g.o.s reports this conclusion is based on descriptions of the attack in multiple media sources the reported symptoms experienced by victims videos and images showing to assess to barrel bombs from the attack and reliable information indicating coordination between syrian military officials before the attack however questions hanging over the west's narrative are due to the dubious reputations of the groups behind the allegations against the of explains. reports of a chemical attack first appeared strange enough it's almost the precise moment the battle had ended when the syrian government and rebels were negotiating on how to evacuate the latter reports first appeared on social media twitter facebook and spread like wildfire while my colleague kendall anian and i have learned today that
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the u.s. now has blood and here in samples from some of the victims of this attack in syria last weekend and that those samples according to u.s. officials tested positive for chemicals and sources the usuals wide helmets who service rescuers islamists and syrian rebels also the somewhat less known syrian american medical society savin's together with the white helmets they were cited by the washington post the new york times c.n.n. virtually every western media outlets reporting on this chemical attack saturday april seventh amidst continuous bombardment of residential neighborhoods in the city of duma more than five hundred cases the majority of whom are women and children were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent sams itself is funded by u.s.
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aid six million in two thousand and fifteen usaid is widely believed to be an arm of the state department and is banned in multiple countries accused of interfering in domestic policies and promoting regime change it even has an office of transition initiatives the management at sam's also believe it or not former usaid stuff was was saddam's who reportedly provided the u.p.c. w. with samples of the alleged sarin gas that was used them hunchy houla site of a chemical attack last year after which. donald trump sent fifty seven cruise missiles at the syrian airbase o.p.c. w it's on its way to duma to investigate we've contacted the various groups including the world health organization they've cited sabs but have refused to go into any details well what's remarkable is that this group the syrian american
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medical society is cited by a who's who of western media organizations as a credible source when it's anything but this organization which is funded to the tune of some close to six million dollars or more by usa id a wing of the state department which actually emerged out of the cia to encourage regime change and what the u.s. considers enemy states this organization is directed by operatives name sahar so little is actually a lobbyist who's been lobbying the u.s. government since the obama administration for a war of regime change and this organization operates hospitals exclusively in territory controlled by al qaeda syrian affiliate and its allies so this is a you know to me to see it should be a national scandal that u.s. taxpayers are basically paying for the civil society wing of al qaeda and its soil if you just jihadi allies and we're simply talking in us media about this
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organization as if they're just a bunch of syrian feel doctors this is an international law being an influence organization dedicated to stimulating regime change and so we absolutely have to be skeptical when they make these allegations of a chemical attack because that advances their agenda and they have every motive to deceive the west about it thank you for choosing not to enter national my cunny call him pray will be with you at the top of the hour with all of the latest on our top story and much more. you keep the. fact. that.
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