Syrian Refugees in NH Praise Trump's Airstrike
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 14:45
It wasn't immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province....
Johnson discussed the move with his United States counterpart last night after the U.S. launched 59 tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airbase.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow as planned after the G7 meeting in Italy this week.
Soon after, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared in a hastily arranged news conference in Florida - his first in the USA since he was confirmed for the job - ostensibly to discuss Xi's visit.
Russian Federation earlier this week denied a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria saying the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by a Syrian regime airstrike on a rebel-controlled chemical weapons factory on the ground.
Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, said before the strikes were made public that any USA military action will have "negative consequences".
Tillerson echoed the president's comments, telling Stephanopoulos, "I think the president was very clear in his message to the American people, that this strike was related exclusively to the most recent, horrific use of chemical weapons against women, children, and as the president said, even small babies".
Friday's US missile attack, the first USA military attack on the Assad regime, was a "calculated warning shot" meant to deter further Syrian use of weapons of mass destruction, said Hudson Institute political and military analyst Richard Weitz, in an interview with VOA.
Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the US missile attack on an air base as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar Assad from power.
This course would bring it into direct confrontation with the USS Porter and USS Ross, which launched the missile strikes on Syria. But the real intent was to address the Syria issue, according to a State Department official who asked not to be identified because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
"The Russians really need to think carefully about their continued support of the Assad regime", Tillerson told reporters before the strikes on Syria.
The attack has been widely blamed on the Syrian government. Syria's six-year civil war has only become more complex in recent years.
Defeating Islamic State, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the ousting of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are priorities for Washington, Haley said in an interview on CNN's State of the Union, which will air in full on Sunday.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for an immediate investigation into the alleged gas attack carried out by the Syrian regime on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Graphic accounts of babies and children writhing in pain as they slowly succumbed to the toxin, followed up by intelligence that identified the culprit, spurred the United States into action.
The Local Coordination Committees, another monitoring group, said the airstrike was carried out by Russian warplane.