Russian Federation to blame for Syria deaths - Sir Michael Fallon
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:58
Was the early-morning attack just a one-off response to warn Assad not to use chemical weapons again?
The UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has since called off a visit to Moscow, saying the situation had changed "fundamentally" and he would work with the United States in pursuit of a ceasefire.
When Donald Trump was a private individual in 2013, he used Twitter to tell President Barack Obama to refrain from attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who had used chemical weapons to poison his own people.
"We're hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions". The strike was meant to "show Trump critics that he doesn't have a pro-Russia stance and is ready to take a tough course regarding Moscow", said Sergei Rogov, the director of the US and Canada Institute, a Moscow-based think-tank. Unilateral. Unpredictable. Ottawa doesn't really know what will follow. Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the USA for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power. But in a broader sense, Mr. Trudeau was caught off guard: Only hours before the missiles flew, Mr. Trudeau, after meeting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in NY, had talked about the need to get all the facts and have the deadlocked Security Council consider a response.
There has, after all, been a head-spinning change in Washington.
The Rancho Peñasquitos resident called Trump's missile strike "smart" because he targeted a military base and avoided places where civilians might be hurt.
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". And after the Donald Trump administration launched an airstrike on Bashar al-Assad's airfields, one New Hampshire couple says for the first time in six years, they don't feel alone anymore. No personnel at the base uses gas masks, he said.
The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.
Last week Mr Trump also welcomed the Chinese president Xi Jinping to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, with North Korea's recent missile launch on their packed agenda.
USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday the Trump administration was ready to take further steps if needed.
But Johnson attacked the Kremlin and said he would instead focus on building support with allies to secure a ceasefire in war-torn Syria.
Zarour also said Trump's action was "confusing" because of his previous actions cutting off the flow of Syrian refugees to the U.S. Tillerson will be able to enter into negotiations with Moscow with leverage.
The draft resolution backed an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and demands the Syrian government provides information about its military operations on the day of the strike. But the Liberal government will have to start thinking about what else they will fully support.
Indeed, the question many pundits and analysts are now asking is whether the situation will escalate.
"Once you put it in Congress's hand, it became clear at that time that they were not ready to assume responsibility", said Dennis Ross, a former Obama administration adviser on the Middle East.
If the tactic is more strikes like Thursday's, the United States won't be calling on Canada to join militarily. It said the damage will only make it harder for the Syrian air force to fight ISIS and other terrorist groups.
In response, Syria's ally Russian Federation accused the USA of encouraging "terrorists" with unilateral actions. It said the woman killed had fled to the town from her hometown of Latameh in central Syria. "That is a big, big step".
Trump has repeatedly said he would defeat IS, and has reiterated, on numerous occasions, criticisms that Obama has treated IS with kid gloves. Suddenly, he has to start thinking about whether his willingness to support US action is limited.