Russia responsible by proxy for Syria chemical deaths

Democrat senator Elizabeth Warren has hit out at President Donald Trump over his military action against Assad's regime in Syria.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the United States strikes had "completely ruined relations" between the U.S. and Russia and they were "on the verge of a military clash".

It is a pleasant surprise for Syrians who have been resisting the regime for more than six years to see the USA acting against Bashar al-Assad for the first time. This is not the first time Mr Al Assad has ordered the murder of innocent civilians, but it could be the last if he understands that the United States has joined the long list of countries in this region and beyond who are saying to him: "Enough is enough". He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack.

He will push for counterparts to adopt goals, including a transition away from Assad in Syria, Russia demilitarisation in the country and plans to rebuild infrastructure alongside any peace deal.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday played down concerns of a rift with Russian Federation over Ankara's support for the strike, saying Turkey was committed to the cease-fire mechanisms it has developed with Russian Federation for Syria.

Trump spoke by telephone Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who reaffirmed strong support for the military strike and thanked the USA president for his "courageous" action, according to statements issued Saturday by the White House and the official Saudi Press Agency. The missile strikes catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding its close ally Assad. But today, all the terrorists in Syria are celebrating this USA attack.

USA -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more US intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group. The attack drew widespread support from American allies, and condemnation from the Syrians and their allies.

In Florida with the president, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said additional economic sanctions on Syria were being prepared.

The chemical weapons attack in Syria that triggered retaliatory American airstrikes hasn't shifted US priorities toward ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad, top Trump administration officials said.

A chemical attack on the residential part of Khan Sheikhun killed 85 civilians, including 20 children and 13 women. After months of allegations of ties between his election campaign and the Kremlin - the subject of current congressional and FBI investigations - Trump has found himself clashing with Putin.

On Friday, senior USA military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack.

The regional alliance said the USA cruise missile strikes on a Syrian base which Washington said was involved in a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians would not deter their forces from "liberating" all of Syrian territory. Some accuse Moscow of applying a "scorched-earth policy" that targets hospitals, schools and residential areas more than frontlines to break the resolve of the anti-Assad insurgency.

That speaks to a larger point: What comes next in Syria may be more important than what Trump has done so far in terms of how his actions are viewed.

"We have information from our partners and from contacts on that ground that makes it very plausible that the Assad regime was behind this awful poison gas attack", he said. Nonetheless, it appeared before Thursday night's missile strike that Russia's support for Assad hadn't diminished. Russian Federation and Iran "somehow think it's OK to align with a murderous regime".

In the ongoing war in Syria, Russia has backed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad militarily. The U.S. isn't trying to claim territory in the Syrian conflict, as it did during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

United States president Donald Trump ordered a strike by 59 cruise missiles on the base he said launched the attack in America's first direct attack against the Syrian government.

University student Ashraf Fadel said he came to denounce "the unjust American aggression against Syria".

  • Leroy Wright