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'Mission accomplished': Trump defends boast to describe Syria strikes

'Mission accomplished': Trump defends boast to describe Syria strikes 'Mission accomplished': Trump defends boast to describe Syria strikes
Bennie Garza | 16 April, 2018, 12:29

The United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, says fresh sanctions against Russian Federation are on the way, in a bid to target companies supplying equipment to the Syrian government.

The warning came after the United States, along with allies France and Britain, launched air strikes on Syria on April 14 in response to a suspected Syrian chemical attack that killed dozens of people last week.

The bombings, hailed by US President Donald Trump as a success but denounced by Damascus and its allies as an act of aggression, marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation, whose foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called them "unacceptable and lawless".

U.S. and allied strikes against Syria took out targets with materiel that could have been used to produce chemical weapons such as sarin, a senior United States official says.

The inspectors were due to try to visit the site of the suspected gas attack. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for OPCW's findings before attacking.

Johnson also insisted that the action would not "turn the tide" of the conflict and was not about regime change.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told a group of Russian lawmakers on Sunday that Western missile strikes on his country were an act of aggression. We set their chemical weapons program back years.Our job was never to take Assad out.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said.

"I say to the foreign secretary, I say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this?" After meeting with him in Damascus, he revealed what Assad really did following the attack.

Syria released video of the wreckage of a bombed-out research lab, but also of Assad arriving at work as usual, with the caption "Morning of resilience" and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase last year), a lot of them were shot down by Syria's air defense units upon approaching their targets.

It comes as President Trump has defended his use of the term "mission accomplished" following the weekend's airstrikes.

Here are statements from some Congressional Leaders regarding the United State's joining France and Great Britain in conducting these attacks.

But until this weekend, they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of USA missiles previous year. I support President Trump's limited action to target chemical weapons facilities and hold this brutal regime accountable. Another senior opposition figure, Nasr Hariri, said the attacks were welcome but only reinforced the message that while it is not OK to use chemical weapons, the government can continue to "use explosive barrels and cluster bombs" with impunity.

Sarin had previously appeared to be the threshold for intervention. With seemingly open-ended support from allies Russian Federation and Iran, the Syrian military will most definitely turn its attention to remaining opposition-held territory, namely in the south and the northern province of Idlib.

At the Security Council emergency meeting, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, read out a quote from President Vladimir Putin accusing the allies of "cynical disdain" in acting without waiting for the results of a chemical-watchdog investigation into the alleged chemical attack in the former rebel-held town of Douma on April 7.

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