Syrian Refugee Praises Trump's 'Leadership and Bravery' in Strike

Postado Abril 16, 2018

Those comments were more measured than the taunting tweets about potential missile strikes Trump sent early in the week, which were the antithesis of how a president should proceed when considering use of force.

Trump's declaration of "mission accomplished" had an awkward historic ring.

Several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, north of Damascus, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre", SANA reported.

The president also called out Russian Federation and Iran, the two main backers of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. But the Syrian regime is refuting the effectiveness of those strikes.

- American Forces deployed B-1B Lancer bombers for last night's strike and used double the number of weapons than in a 2017 missile strike responding to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.

"If anything, the opposite is true: By setting these red lines and devising very narrow punishments for violating them, we essentially communicate to the regime what our priorities are and also our threshold for risk and level of interest in the broader Syrian war", Itani said.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war", British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Ms Haley said, warning of consequences for Mr Assad's foreign allies.

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria visited Douma but found no trace of chemical weapons use there.

And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

The Trump administration has placed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including penalties last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin.

Nikki Haley added that the United States ties with Russian Federation are "very strained", in part because of Syria, but the U.S. still hopes for the better relationship. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said on Saturday. China too opposed the strikes.

Mr Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack - a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

"The crime committed at dawn today (Saturday) by the United States, Britain and France... is a blatant and undeniable crime which signifies their humiliating defeat in supporting Takfiri terrorists and shows they are seeking an opportunity to save terrorists", the statement said.

UN chief calls for restraint UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states on Saturday "to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of Syrian people". But he appeared to contradict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain" the military response if Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons.