No peace in Syria until Assad is ousted, says Nikki Haley
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:51
WASHINGTON-After ordering the first USA military attack against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Donald Trump held a press conference Friday to express his full confidence that the airstrike had completely wiped out the lingering Russian scandal.
Iranian militias are also fighting alongside the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The comments represented a departure from what Haley said before the United States hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces on Syrian civilians.
The US officials said Russian commanders in Syria were informed of the strike beforehand in order to avoid casualties that could prompt a broader crisis.
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The site was targeted because United States intelligence indicated Syrian military forces operating from the airfield were responsible for the deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians in southern Idlib Province on Tuesday.
In a statement released by the British Foreign Ministry, Johnson condemned Russia's continued defense of the Assad regime "even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".
Amid rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, Johnson said Saturday the situation in war-torn Syria had "fundamentally" changed following a chemical weapons attack on civilians and the US airstrikes targeting a military airfield.
The Syrian military said at least six people were killed and several wounded. From San Francisco to NY, people spoke out against President Donald Trump's show of power.
Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the USA strike as an act of "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of global law".
"Strengthening Assad will only lead to more murders", she said.
Russian Federation has also said it is suspending its agreement to communicate with the USA regarding the use of Syrian airspace.
The official noted the United States is assessing all the information and could not "clearly say here in this forum what kind of participation the Russians might have had" in the chemical attack or associated activities.