US Allies Show Strong Support for Strikes on Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 18:55
Trump and as other world leaders have blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the attack, saying, "there can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the United Nations security counsel".
Syria's military said seven people were killed and several wounded.
The statement echoes the words of the U.S. president, Donald Trump, who on Thursday said a nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Shaikhun, Idlib, went "beyond the red line" - itself a reference to his predecessor Barack Obama's statements in 2013 on the use of chemical weapons.
MCMASTER: Well, I think what we should do is ask Russian Federation - how could it be, if you have advisors at that airfield, that you didn't know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?
President Donald Trump launched the first US direct attack against the Assad government early Friday local time.
McMaster said Russian leaders were supporting "a murderous regime" and their actions would dictate the future of U.S.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley not only defended U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian air base Thursday, but she also said the U.S. might not be done.
It said Mr Lavrov and his United States counterpart agreed to continue discussions on Syria in person.
"You used the initials, but I think that's a first for Meet The Press", a stunned Chuck Todd said immediately after.
Explaining that there really isn't a difference if mothers and babies are still killed, the Republican lawmaker did point out that there is a treaty outlawing the use of chemical weapons. "This has absolutely nothing to do with attempts to find out what happened to the chemical weapons", Zakharov said.
Sir Michael's comments came after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pulled out of a Moscow visit hours before he was due to fly.
"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".
However, the Russian Defense Ministry said "no evidence whatsoever" has been presented by Washington to prove that the Shayrat airfield had any chemical weapons.