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SEPTEMBER 2020

US Threatens More Strikes on Syrian Military Infrastructure

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After US missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, the US Ambassador to the UN noted that Washington is “prepared to do more” in the Arab country.

US Threatens More Strikes on Syrian Military Infrastructure

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley (center) (Photo: AP / Seth Wenig)

Washington is ready for further action in Syria, but hopes that it will not be necessary, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Friday.

“The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary,” Haley said at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria.

The US Ambassador to the UN also pointed out that the Iranian government is responsible for what is happening in Syria, as it has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for many years.

“Now, while the Syrian regime is responsible for the chemical weapons attack, it is not the only guilty party. The Iranian government bears a heavy responsibility. It has propped up and shielded Syria’s brutal dictator for years,” she said.

Haley also once again accused Russia of the situation in Syria, as it had not reacted to “crimes against humanity,” committed by the Syrian President.

“The Russian government also bears considerable responsibility. Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him,” the US Ambassador said.

According to Haley, Russia’s support only strengthens the “Assad regime.”

At the same time, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, called on the US to stop its aggression in Syria and start to fight against terrorism.

On Friday, the UN Security Council held a special meeting in connection with a missile strike, carried out by the US on an airbase in Syria. The meeting was held in an open mode by a decision of the US, which is now the chairman of the UN Security Council.

On the night of Friday, the US struck the Ash Sha’irat airbase, located in the Syrian province of Homs, prooflessly claiming that a chemical attack had been conducted from the base in the province of Idlib. According to the Pentagon, in total, 59 missiles were fired. The Homs’ governor said that seven people were killed: five servicemen and two civilians from a village, located near the airbase. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, two Syrian servicemen were missing, four were killed and six others suffered burns during extinguishing of the fires. The Syrian Armed Forces said that ten Syrian servicemen were killed.

The Russian Defense Ministry also reported that a warehouse with material-and-technical stuff, an educational building, a canteen, six Mig-23 aircraft, which were in repair hangars, as well as a radar station, were destroyed in the attack. A correspondent of the RIA Novosti news agency reported from the scene that some part of the aircraft, including five fighter jets, was undamaged, as well as a runway remained whole, while eight hangars with equipment were destroyed.

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