United Nations to receive briefing on US air strikes against Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 16:37
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that 59 Tomahawk missiles were en route to an airfield in Syria from which a chemical attack on civilians was launched earlier this week.
While Trump has never explicitly endorsed Assad, he appeared to approve of Russia's support for the Syrian leader.
"Acting on the orders of their commander-in-chief, they have sent an important message the United States will no longer stand idly by as Assad, aided and abetted by Putin's Russian Federation, slaughters innocent Syrians with chemical weapons and barrel bombs", the senators said. He sent 29 cruise missiles, the same weapon we used last night, to take out several targets in downtown Baghdad to punish to Saddam Hussein for his attempt to assassinate George H.W. Bush earlier that year in Kuwait.
The US has defended its cruise missile strike against a Syrian government airbase, threatening that "we are prepared to do more" if necessary. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first US assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.
I thank President Trump for taking action to hold the Assad regime accountable for using a toxic nerve agent, reportedly sarin, against Syrian civilians in an attack that killed more than 70 people, including children, and injured hundreds more.
He added that the attack creates a "serious obstacle" for creating an global coalition against terrorism. It signals that Trump and his team don't recognize a similar effect in their own actions, or really have an understanding of how their retaliation may not be different than what they're condemning.
While threatening further strikes, Haley also said it was time to press on with diplomatic efforts to achieve a political solution to end the war.
He suggested that USA efforts to root out ISIS, support the Syrian rebels and push for a long term political settlement of the conflict could eventually win support in Moscow if the United States demonstrates it has skin in the game. Joyner said he is anxious the presence of foreign fighters, Al Qaeda, and ISIL would make it challenging to replace Assad.
US President Donald Trump has frequently urged improved relations with Russian Federation - which were strained under his predecessor Barack Obama over Syria, Ukraine and other issues - but said action had to be taken against Assad.
Syrian-Americans on Friday hailed the USA missile attack on a Syrian air base as a blow for human rights, but said they were wary of both President Donald Trump's motives and what comes next.Many who had been angered by Trump's efforts to ban Syrians, along with visitors from several other Muslim-majority nations, welcomed what they saw as his new role as the avenger of civilians killed in this week's chemical weapons attack."We needed to take some action, show some backbone", said Judy Asghar, 35, an American born to Syrian immigrants who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, epicentre of one of the largest Arab-American communities in the United States.
Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all supported Washington, with Ankara also calling for a no-fly zone in Syria.
Residents cowered in bedrooms and basements throughout Saturday, underscoring the apparently unchanged threat they faced from the Syrian government's arsenal of rockets, barrel bombs and other weapons that have resulted in a majority of the conflict's half-million dead.
The missiles were fired from the USS Porter and the USS Ross, which belong to the US Navy's Sixth Fleet, in the eastern Mediterranean.
The strike targeted radars, aircraft, air defence systems and other logistical components at the base south of Homs in central Syria.
USA officials said measures had been put in place to avoid hitting sarin gas they said was stored at the airfield.
There were reports of multiple civilian casualties from the strike in the area surrounding the Syrian base.
Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari also said that his government viewed the strike as "illegal", motivated by "propaganda" and "unobjective data".
The strike destroyed six planes under fix and several buildings, including a storage depot and radio station, it said. She said the Iranian government "has propped up and shielded Syria's brutal dictator for years" and said Assad launched his attack only "because he knew Russian Federation would have his back".
Donovan is hopeful a single strike will do the trick. In order to secure its own place in future Syria, the Kremlin could decide to remove the heavy burden of al-Assad and use him as a bargaining chip in future dealings with the White House. It could be that Russian Federation has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons.
No, not yet. I'm not convinced that they've actually moved to regime change.
United States officials said Russia's military in Syria was informed of the strike beforehand in order to avoid casualties that could prompt a broader crisis.
Russian Federation stood by Damascus this week despite the global uproar, insisting that the chemical weapons that caused the deaths in Khan Sheikhun had been stockpiled by "terrorists" and possibly released by a conventional strike.
Haley again took a swipe at Russian Federation for failing to rein in its ally and said Moscow must reconsider its support for Assad.
Hours after President Trump authorized a missile strike in Syria, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson accused Congress of failing to step up and address atrocities in the war-torn country.
A senior USA defense official said US forces are taking necessary measures to reduce the risk of operating in the region. "That changed last night".
Trump has said that "something should happen" in Syria. "It seems to me that removing that one airfield does not shift the balance of power in terms of the conflict".