Bashar al-Assad

Assad Says Syria Strikes Based On 'Lies'

Syria's President Bashar Assad has said the air strikes against his country were accompanied by a campaign of "lies" and misinformation at...

Bashar al-Assad

Syria's President Bashar Assad has said the air strikes against his country were accompanied by a campaign of "lies" and misinformation at the UN.

His comments were carried by the country's state media on Sunday, as he spoke to a group of visiting Russian politicians. 

The missile strikes launched against Syria by the US, UK and France were in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma a week ago.

Assad and Russia deny the use of chemical weapons.

Assad told his visitors that the US, Britain and France had waged a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Russia and Syria.

The UN Security Council has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the use of chemical weapons.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member, is a close ally of Assad.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia attending a Security Council meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York CREDIT PA

Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the attack was "hooliganism" (Picture: PA).

UN Council Reject Russia's Resolution Condemning Syria Airstrikes

The UN Security Council rejected a resolution from Russia calling for the condemnation of  "aggression" after air strikes on Syria.

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - voted in favour of the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the 15-member council, called by Russia on Saturday. Eight countries voted against and three abstained.

A resolution requires at least nine "yes" votes to be approved.

The vote reflected the divisions within the Council which has been dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

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A Tornado GR4 preparing to leave RAF Akrotiri to attack Syria (Picture: MoD).

Four RAF Tornado GR4s joined the strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs.

Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

The Ministry of Defence said it was a "successful attack", meanwhile US President Donald Trump Tweeted 'Mission accomplished'.

The three countries say the airstrikes were launched on three Syrian sites after obtaining "proof" that poisonous gas was used last weekend in Douma, killing dozens. 

Bashar Assad pictured with Russian president, Vladimir Putin (Picture: AP.

Syria and their closest ally, Russia, say the attack was fabricated.

Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the UN meeting in New York that the US and their allies struck without waiting for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), describing the attack as "hooliganism".

But Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, said President Trump told her if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

She said:

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line.

"The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons."

She said the airstrikes "crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme" and that their message was "crystal clear".

Mrs Haley went on to accuse Russia of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and for failing to ensure Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed like the Assad regime promised in 2013.

Where the attack came from
Where the Syria strikes came from (Picture: US Department of Defense/Twitter).

France's UN ambassador, Francois Delattre said France, the UK and the US will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a long-term solution to the Syrian conflict, addressing political, chemical and humanitarian issues.