Putin condemns US-led strike on Syria as aggression

Trump's Saturday tweet came well before it was clear if the strikes had affected Assad's ability or willingness to use chemical weapons. That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were now planned.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Trump said in his remarks to the nation, announcing the operation. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, hundreds of thousands of people have been disappeared.

Russian Federation will convene an emergency meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council over the missile attack, which violated the UN Charter and norms and principles of global law, he said. "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

He said Russian air defenses did not fire, while Syrian air defenses were completely ineffective against an attack from multiple directions involving not just U.S., British and French aircraft but also U.S. naval destroyers, a cruiser and French frigate and even a U.S. submarine.

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that the leaders of the US, UK, and France "committed a major crime" with the strikes and proceeded to blame the US for helping to create ISIS and unleashing it on Iraq and Syria.

"Initial assessments are that this target was destroyed", he said. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

Later Thursday he was noncommittal. India is closely following the situation. The U.N. Security Council was meeting at Moscow's request.

It was an unusual strategy, a departure from the usual US practice of launching surprise attacks.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support.

In a televised statement, Trump revealed that he ordered the strike in response to the "evil and despicable" chemical attack by the Syrian regime.

The strikes, more limited than once seemed likely, were created to deter the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons once and for all.

Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation".

The Pentagon says none of the missiles filed by the USA and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, ' " Haley said. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any US military action.

Many European leaders and the prime minister of Canada voiced support and understanding Saturday for the USA -led air strikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate. Now, Trump has presided over a large-scale bombing operation aimed at three chemical weapons production and storage targets in Syria, including in Damascus, the Syrian capital.

"We tell Trump, you can do nothing".

Both springtime attacks were intended as deterrents against future chemical weapons use. We saw the anguish that can be unleashed and the evil that can take hold.

President Bashar al-Assad told Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that the Western attack would only increase Syria's resolve to "fight and crush terrorism in every inch" of the country, Reuters reported. Yet he made no mention of a possible Russian military response. Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation. Russia's defence ministry claimed that 71 of the missiles were shot down, a claim denied by the USA authorities.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mattis said.

  • Leroy Wright