'Mission Accomplished!': Trump praises Syria strikes

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

Russia continues to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military equipment - including air-defense systems - and has sent Russian troops and paid Russian mercenaries to Syria.

A different Trump administration official, briefing reporters, said the United States assessed that sarin was also used in the April 7 attack but suggested that us information on sarin came from analysis of reports from news media and other public sources of information, as opposed to USA intelligence. But the military seemed less than troubled as it claimed that Syrian aerial defenses managed to shoot down most of the missiles and divert others. "We hit our sites", White said.

The UN Security Council did not adopt a resolution from Russian Federation on Saturday that would have condemned the United States and its allies for a joint military strike on Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

Mr Stoltenberg said: 'I am not saying that the attacks last night solved all problems but compared to the alternative to do nothing this was the right thing to do'.

It came as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said Russian efforts to veto United Nations action against Syria left US, British and French allies no option but to launch airstrikes against key installations. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.

Two congressional representatives from Maryland reacted via Twitter to the missile attack launched by the USA and its allies against Syria on Friday evening.

Haley said the airstrikes did not change US strategy in Syria.

Global law banned chemical weapons in 1925. The Pentagon said there were no Russian casualties as a result of the operation.

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Here are a few key distinctions. " Last year the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said on Saturday . But there was a clear warning that if the Assad regime resorts to chemical weapons again, then further strikes may well follow.

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The Syrian military said three civilians were wounded in one of the strikes in Homs. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said no additional strikes were planned.

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons program, under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation. Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted Assad's programs to develop and produce such weapons.

Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog swarmed to Douma to begin a gruelling inquiry into the horror gas attack after Russian Federation and Syria shrugged off as non-existent.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line". Under the agreement, it was agreed that the estimate was "1,000 tons of chemical weapons, including the blister agent, Sulphur mustard, and sarin nerve agent".

Mr. Nebenzia also said that the Western powers should not have acted until a chemical-weapons inspection team, which arrived in Syria on Saturday, had been given a chance to do its work. That move by Assad demonstrated that Putin was either unwilling or unable to curtail both Assad's production or use of such weapons.

After failing to talk the USA out of bombing targets in Syria, Russia responded to Friday's strikes by saying they "threatened" Russia and warning of "consequences".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was the first time she, as PM, had had "to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly".

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that a target of the strike was the Syrian government's "clandestine chemical arsenal".

A year later, the joint OPCW-U.N. panel determined the Syrian government had twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine against its opponents in civilian areas in northern Idlib province.

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