Syrian president responds to United States military airstrike
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 13:36
The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.Syrian state TV reported a USA missile attack on a number of military targets and called the attack an "aggression".
Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles Thursday evening, targeting the air base from which Syrian President Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack earlier this week against his own people, killing more than 80 men, women and children.
It called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting "to discuss" the response.
The Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the U.S. strike is an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".
The Shayrat airfield in Syria was hit with a massive military strike in retaliation for a "barbaric" chemical attack President Trump blamed on President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said no Russian servicemen were hurt in the missile attack but insisted the strike violated worldwide law.
In February 2015, Obama asked Congress to formally authorize war against the Islamic State, saying the militant group could threaten the USA homeland if left unchecked.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which support the Syrian opposition, welcomed the missile strike, with Riyadh calling it a "courageous decision" by Trump.
Early on Friday, the US military launched almost 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian air base on the orders of President Donald Trump.
The attack was hailed by the Syrian opposition and supported by the US allies, including Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Maja Kocijančić, spokesperson of EU's foreign affairs chief, said that the U.S. informed the European Union that they launched the strike based on their assessment that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons. Graphic shows location of Khan Sheikhun and the Shayrat Air Base.
He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russian Federation had his back.
It says scores of Syrians were killed by poison gas on Tuesday because the Syrian air force had struck a militant bomb-making factory which it said contained chemical weapons procured in Iraq.
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen also expressed her surprise at the president's move, saying he had indicated he would not make the USA "the world's policeman, and that's exactly what he did yesterday".
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the US attack.
The strike targeted radars, aircraft, air defence systems and other logistical components at the base south of Homs in central Syria. "European Union will work with the U.S. to end brutality in Syria", he said. The British government says it was informed in advance about the strike and firmly supports the American action.
World leaders have reacted to the President Trump's order to launch missiles at a Syrian Government air base.
Yet Trump said Thursday night that "there can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council".
Assad's office said the government would redouble its efforts against rebel groups after the U.S. strike - the first direct military action by Washington against the Damascus regime.
But the USA strike was criticized as an extremely serious violation of worldwide law by Bolivia's Ambassador Sacha Llorenti, who referred to a copy of the United Nations charter as he said it "prohibits unilateral actions". Trump's actions in Syria could signal to China that the new president isn't afraid of unilateral military steps. even if key nations like China are standing in the way.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the targets included aircraft, structures, petroleum and logistical storage, and ammunition supply bunkers.
Just days before he is due to visit Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Russian Federation of being incompetent or complicit in permitting Mr. Assad's actions.
Speaking on Thursday on Air Force One, Mr Trump said the attack "shouldn't have happened, and it shouldn't be allowed to happen". He added that the message should "resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere".
Tomahawks have a less explosive yield than larger bombs carried by manned U.S. aircraft, but if President Donald Trump decides to target Syrian planes on the ground, that won't matter, Harmer said.
Recent UN documents show that Assad had not completely disposed of chemical weapons stockpiles.