Pentagon looking into whether Russian Federation had role in Syrian chemical attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 8:21
US intelligence sources told Fox News they believe with "high confidence" that a deadly gas attack on Syrian civilians was carried out by government aircraft at Shayrat air base, southeast of Homs.
Tomahawk missiles fired from the USS Porter and USS Ross struck the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations on the air base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons.
The officials say they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the attack. There were Russians at the base.
EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet Friday that the "U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks". The U.S. missiles hit at 3:45 a.m. Friday and targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, U.S. officials said. Other US allies are also likely to press Washington to keep up the pressure. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who passed. And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, that peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail.
The Syrian government and Moscow have denied that Syrian forces were behind the attack, but Western countries have dismissed their explanation - that chemicals were released in an air strike on a rebel weapons depot, as beyond credibility.
Regarding Syrians who had made it to the United States, Trump promised to send them back.
The increased risks in the Syrian skies could limit the ability of US aircraft to provide close air support to USA troops and their allies operating on the ground.
"For the first time, the Syrians declared and eventually gave up a vast stockpile of chemical weapons, something they had not even acknowledged they had until then", McDonough explained.
The US military strike on Syria was widely hailed by the world community today with nations such as the United Kingdom and Israel backing it as a "just" response to the chemical attack by President Bashar Al-Assad's regime, but Russian Federation and Iran strongly condemned the unilateral move. He strongly criticized what he called the U.S.
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the strike "a proportional response to the (Assad) regime's use of chemical weapons", but, like Schumer, urged more congressional input in the future. Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. Even lovely babies were cruelly murdered at this very barbaric attack. "No child of God should ever suffer such horror".
The whole world rightly condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the USA attack on the Assad regime does nothing to lower tensions, nor will it hasten peace in that country. "I hope this provocation will not lead to irreparable damage (to US-Russian ties)".
Mr Trump said: "Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically".
He was, however, very interested in preventing Syrian refugees from resettling in the United States. "Good night and God bless America and the entire world"'.
Or: the Assad regime deceived Russian Federation and kept some of its chemical weapons (or production facilities) hidden, to use them at will.
But Sens. Bob Corker and Benjamin L. Cardin doubt lawmakers will hear about such a detailed plan when USA military and perhaps administration officials brief them Friday afternoon.
McDonough also reflected on the decision to seek authorization for the use of force from Congress. Congress can not abdicate its responsibility any longer and should vote on any use of force not made in self-defense. The uncertainty of the U.S.' response may make other governments, including North Korea's, think twice before taking aggressive action.