U.S. bombs Syrian air base after gas attack

Yet the Trump who fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria out of professed humanitarian concerns is the same one who not so long ago insisted he could look Syrian children "in the face and say, 'You can't come here.'" A week into his presidency, he signed an executive order that would indefinitely ban Syrians, even handsome babies, from seeking refuge in the United States. Instead, the president and his advisers went through a methodical and thorough review of the options.

"The bombardment of Shayrat will not have a major effect on military operations of the regime", said Hamade, speaking to The Associated Press by telephone from Turkey.

The United States vowed Friday to keep the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from USA ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the world's most vexing conflicts.

If by flying Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria, the United States was sending a message, then everyone must understand what that message is. By Friday afternoon, jets were already taking off from the air base again, according to multiple reports. "Vladimir Putin regards the USA strikes on Syria as an attempt to draw public attention away from the numerous civilian casualties in Iraq".

"The Conservative Party of Canada strongly supports the efforts of the United States to prevent Syria's military from launching further chemical weapon attacks". But the U.S. official said the intelligence available pointed toward Russian Federation. He called the strike "very limited and. entirely appropriate".

The utter failure of Obama's decision has been exposed with horrific results by this week's poison gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first USA assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

Ms. Ambrose said Canada must directly confront "evil and tyranny" and can not count on the United Nations to deal with crimes against humanity.

There was also the question of worldwide law. He asked for more information. But China has opposed unilateral American military action in Syria and won't be pleased that such action took place while its leader was in Florida, shaking hands with Trump.

Rahim Othman, spokesman for the Syrian Canadian Council of B.C., said that despite attempts at diplomatically and politically resolving conflicts in Syria, the council has only seen an escalation of violence against civilians. She did not clarify what actions were on the table, though Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin later told reporters that new economic sanctions were being prepared.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, were there via a secure line.

The U.S. response came in the form of missiles fired from the destroyers Porter and Ross in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. An hour later, as the missiles began arriving at their target, Pence, Tillerson, Mattis, McMaster began calling heads of government, defense ministers and congressional leaders to notify them of the strike.

Military officials said that Russian Federation, which had personnel at the site, had been warned in advance, though they refused to say how much in advance.

If, on the other hand, these strikes signal an American shift toward a policy of regime change, the impact will be monumental.

Even before Thursday's strikes, the absence of a coherent US strategy toward the Middle East was already worrying many in Congress and in foreign capitals. "The U.S. took a very measured step last night", Haley said. It was calculated by its timing, target and intensity to minimize casualties and maximize the message it sent to Syria and its allies, Iran and Russian Federation.

The missile bombardment of the airfield targeted only hangars, planes and logistics structures, not the runways, and contrary to demands of hawkish USA lawmakers was not meant to ground Assad's air force. The Observatory said they attacked a position of the Islamic State group, while Osama Abu Zeid of the Homs Media Center said they landed at the nearby T4 air base, but did not carry out any attacks.

"The U.S. opted for a show of force, for military action against a country fighting worldwide terrorism without taking the trouble to get the facts straight", Russia's foreign ministry added in a statement.

  • Salvatore Jensen