Trump's air strikes in Syria: What we know so far
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 4:20
The other big worries are the Syrian and Russian air defense systems that have not targeted USA planes because the American aircraft are largely focused on fighting the Islamic State, a common enemy of the United States and the Syrian regime.
"Italy understands the reasons for the USA military action", Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement.
"Tuesday's horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent United Nations investigation and those responsible must be held to account".
"I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity and he's there, and I guess he's running things, so something should happen", Trump said, stopping short of calling on Assad to leave office. They were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, in retaliation for Tuesday's deadly chemical attack, which officials said used chlorine mixed with a nerve agent, possibly sarin.
"If President Assad is indeed guilty of this terrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court." she said.
Iran also "strongly condemned" the military strike.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released a joint statement saluting the "skill and professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces who carried out" the strike, adding, "they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's Russian Federation, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs".
On Friday morning, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the strike organized by the United States was an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".
"This step by Washington inflicts considerable damage to US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state", Peskov said, also called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the US missile strikes.
Russian Federation has suspended its Syria air safety agreement with the United States following the missile strikes. It serves as a crucial link to make sure the increasingly crowded Syrian airspace doesn't see any accidental collisions or attacks on each other. Unfortunately, the Syrian chemical weapon attack resulted in over a thousand deaths, among many were children. The Maryland Democrat added: "Furthermore, it is the president's responsibility to inform the legislative branch and the American people about his larger policy in Syria, as well as the legal basis for this action and any additional military activities in that country". Iran called it a "dangerous" unilateral action that would "strengthen terrorists" and further complicate the conflict. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Assad's government "must be removed from leading Syria as soon as possible, and the best way to do that is by starting the transitional process".
"The British government rather than just putting out a bland statement welcoming this should now follow it up and call an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to see what else can be done, be that more surgical strikes or no fly zones".
Assad's military launched its brutal attack on civilians - using substances he'd vowed to get rid of under a deal struck with Russian Federation and the Obama administration in 2013 - mere months after President Donald Trump took office.
"The bad suffering of the Syrian people must be brought to an end as soon as possible and every intervention must be judged on what contribution it makes to that outcome". Jamil al-Saleh, a U.S-backed rebel commander based in the area where the USA attack took place, told The Associated Press he hoped the strike would be a "turning point" in the six-year-old war, which has killed an estimated 400,000 people. "I support the president's swift and decisive action to punish this dictatorship for the atrocities committed", said Senator Johny Isakson. Syria rejected the accusations, and blames opposition fighters for stockpiling the chemicals. The president concluded that "Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that he "would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that to a change in our policy or posture relative to our military activities in Syria today".
Mr Trump ordered the strikes just a day after he pointed the finger at Mr Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Farron joined the Conservative government in supporting Trump's decision but called on the May to consider more meaningful action such as further strikes on the Assad regime. Alyousef lost at least 25 relatives in the chemical attack.