Russian Federation vows to help Syria against U.S. 'aggression'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 4:00
The Observatory and the witness said earlier this week that the aircraft which they accused of carrying out the suspected gas attack had flown out of the Shayrat air base, the one attacked by USA missiles on Friday.
Before the strikes, US military officials said they informed their Russian counterparts of the impending attack. He also called on all "civilised nations" to help end the bloodshed.
There was support on both sides of the aisle for the strike ordered by President Trump Thursday night, targeting an airfield near Homs, Syria.
But Trump's call for "civilised nations" to back the U.S. against Assad could put pressure on us to offer more than our moral backing further down the line. Peskov, speaking days after a suspected chemical weapons attack, says Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad is not unconditional.
"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children", Trump said on Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. It was a slow and brutal death for so many, ' he said.
"Canada continues to condemn in the strongest of terms chemical weapons attacks against Syrian civilians".
The aircraft were apparently not heavily damaged while some other hangars were charred and surrounded by rubble.
Syrian state TV went on to report missile attacks on a number of military targets, calling them an act of "aggression" which had led to "losses". A government official said a fire raged for over an hour.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad criticised the American air strikes on his country as "foolish and irresponsible".
US Tomahawk missiles, launched from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted airstrips, hangars, control towers and ammunition areas in Sharyat, central Syria, according to officials. "Military planners took precautions to minimize risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield", said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. Perversely, the USA strikes also risk emboldening Mr.al-Assad to use even greater brutality if he senses Washington's intrusion as a threat to his rule.
"The fact of destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian armed forces was recorded and confirmed by the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)".
The visuals from the scene were reminiscent of a 2013 nerve gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus that left hundreds dead and prompted an agreement brokered by the USA and Russian Federation to disarm Assad's chemical stockpile.
"Iran. condemns use of chemical weapons. but at the same time believes it is unsafe, destructive and violation of global laws to use it as an excuse to take unilateral actions", Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted in a report by the Students News Agency ISNA.
"Italy understands the reasons for the U.S. military action", Alfano said.
The British government says it was informed in advance about the strike and firmly supports the American action.
"We support the United States in that swift action".
Throughout the election campaign Mr Trump had warned against further involvement in the Syrian civil war.
The chemical attack on Tuesday changed that.
The heavy cruise missile attack was a direct response to a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, which killed at least 70 people.
"Assad's role in the future is uncertain, clearly".
Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called the move an "act of war" and said Congress must meet to debate the Syrian issue.
His words were later clarified by a State Department spokesman who said he was talking about diplomatic efforts to find a political solution.
There are two key reasons why he was likely advised to greenlight the Tomahawk, and those two reasons are really important to people (like most of us) who are against almost all forms of mass weaponry and haven't been keeping up on advanced missile technology.