Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Debates Ensue After Western Missiles Hit Syria

Debates Ensue After Western Missiles Hit Syria

After the middle-of-the-night attack on Syria, some USA television commentators poked fun at Trump's use of the "Mission accomplished" term, first used in 2003 by former President George W. Bush, who claimed prematurely and wrongly that the us had successfully completed its military attack on Iraq.

It was an unusual choice of phrase, given that George Bush notoriously posed in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner - six weeks into the failed American invasion of Iraq.

A group of Russian politicians has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose mood they describe as good a day after Western airstrikes.

Akhras dubbed this weekend's airstrikes a slap on the wrist: "It's just not going to be enough". "Yesterday we saw the American aggression, and we were able to counter it with Soviet missiles manufactured in the 1970s", Assad said, Russian media reported. "People lost hope that the global community will do something to stop these atrocities".

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". He said that USA launched "an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism".

"The time for talk ended last night".

In a separate interview, Haley told CBS News that new sanctions against Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria supporting the Assad regime, would be announced Monday that would "go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

While he is a supporter of the Syrian government, Ramli said he would change his mind if concrete evidence were to emerge that Assad were behind the chemical weapons attack.

Assad also declined to comment on calls by the USA state department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Zheleznyak said.

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Russian Federation said it was being "threatened" and said the air strikes "will not be left without consequences" in a statement from its ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, posted on Twitter.

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Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.

The draft resolution, read by Russia's Ambassador at the UN Vasily Nevenzya, condemned the military action and called on the three Western countries to "halt the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic immediately and without any delay" and refrain from further use-of-force actions in violation of the UN Charter. She claimed the attacks set back Syrian chemical weapons research by years.

I will say this: The United States has a lot to offer, with the greatest and most powerful economy in the history of the world. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted.

The limited airstrikes came at a time when the Assad government is feeling empowered after having secured the region near the capital following other military victories backed by Russian Federation and Iran in seven years of civil war.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the missile strikes. "Dozens of men, women and children were massacred with chemical weapons.The red line had been crossed".

British Tornado and Typhoon warplanes, American B-1 bombers and French Rafale jets also took part in the strikes.The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime.On Saturday Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron huddled by telephone to discuss their joint action."By working together, in a coordinated fashion, we can definitively prevent the Syrian regime from carrying out chemical attacks against its own people", Macron said on Twitter.May has faced a backlash from her domestic opposition for launching the strikes without consulting parliament, while opposition lawmakers in the United States warned Trump that any broader military campaign would require a well-formulated strategic vision and authorization from Congress. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of United States missiles a year ago.

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