U.S. open to further action on Syria: White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:35
President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours", says U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN's State of the Union.
USA officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes and avoided hitting Russian personnel.
Nikki Haley's comments in an interview airing Sunday came as part of an apparent shift in United States policy towards Assad's government after the alleged chemical attack last week on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed 87 people, including many children.
"But Assad's principal backer is Russian Federation".
The statement says King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz al-Saud agreed it "was a necessary response" to the chemical weapons attack by Bashar Assad's government, which killed dozens of civilians in rebel-led northern Idlib.
The chemical attack prompted the U.S.to launch almost 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base early Friday, which killed nine people and marked the first time Washington has directly targeted Syrian government forces since the war began in 2011.
Six Syrian air force planes undergoing repairs at the base were destroyed, but the runways were undamaged, the Guardian quoted the Russian defence ministry saying after the attack. Slack said he saw "no long term future" for Assad in Syria.
President Trump on Saturday delivered his justification to Congress for ordering a missile strike on Syria this week, saying in a letter to congressional leaders that the US was prepared to take further military action if necessary. Johnson said the situation in Syria has changed "fundamentally" following the chemical attack and the US response.
Assad's government signed the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to turn over its chemical armaments in 2013, after being accused of a sarin attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds of people.
After years of calling for Assad's removal during former president Barack Obama's tenure, Washington appeared to be stepping back from seeking regime change in Syria in recent weeks. So, I think he will stop, but very serious damage was done to Russia-US relations and now there is a question: "should [US Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson come to Moscow and what should we talk about after this?"
Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the US -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.
More than a 100 civilians were killed and 500 injured in an alleged chemical attacks by the Syrian regime on the city of Khan Sheikhon.
An aide to Mr Johnson said: "It is a shame the Lib Dems would rather snipe and be silly when the USA and United Kingdom are trying to work on a plan to help the innocent people of Syria and stop a devastating civil war".