The US is “locked and loaded” if Syria uses chemical weapons again, America’s United Nations envoy Nikki Haley said on Sunday.
London/Beirut: Western powers will study “options” if Syria’s government again uses chemical weapons, but nothing is planned as yet, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday, after raids on Syrian targets triggered heated debate over their legality and effectiveness.
In the U.S., the President was slammed for his use of the phrase ‘Mission Accomplished!’ in a tweet following the airstrikes.
A different Trump administration official, briefing reporters, said the United States assessed that sarin was also used in the April 7 attack but suggested that USA information on sarin came from analysis of reports from news media and other public sources of information, as opposed to U.S. intelligence.
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.
But Haley said the airstrikes accomplished their goal. The target, a Syrian air base, was back operating a day later and Mr Assad has launched several suspected chemical attacks since then.
Trump took to Twitter Sunday to defend his characterization of the strikes. “Use often!” he wrote.
“They 100 percent met their objective”. 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. Syria agreed in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons. “And they also sent a strong message to Syria, to Russian Federation, to Iran, when this president has a red line, he will enforce it”.
Therefore, despite Trump’s claim, it is yet to be seen what the strike actually accomplished.
The scientific research facility in Barzeh, north of Damascus, was purported to be the centre of Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. Angus King (I-Maine) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
In any case, we can hope that the power standoff between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia will provide enough anxious equilibrium and temporary stability to stop Assad’s assault on his own people and to suck the wind out of ISIS.
British warplanes took part in the strikes, which destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) sounded a similar note of caution on ABC’s “This Week” and called for a broader strategy.
She said most of the Syrians in the room felt a mixture of optimism and worry. “That does not, however, solve the problem”. “I am convinced that other groups will join the group of countries having a responsible attitude toward global law”, Ryabkov said.And that group of healthy forces, I am convinced, will give a more and more resolute political rebuff to such attempts on the basis of worldwide relations”, he said when asked what Russia’s reaction will be if more attacks on Syria follow.
Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada, said without diplomacy, there will only be more fighting, death, displacement and suffering. “And we’ve had some success so far”.
An AP reporter who went to the Center for Scientific Research on the northeastern edge of Damascus found the three-story building nearly completely destroyed and still smoking hours after it was hit.
In announcemnt made in the past few minutes the US President Donald Trump has confirmed that a number of missiles have been launched on chemical weapons factories in the Syrian capital.
“Trudeau is not acting because the Canadian public doesn’t know what is happening in Syria”, she said.
Haley said that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished. “When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line”, Haley said on Saturday. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences”. “He now dictates his life”.