Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

USA troops not leaving Syria until objectives achieved: Haley

USA troops not leaving Syria until objectives achieved: Haley

He says he hopes there is no need for additional strikes against Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons in the future.

What do we know about the strikes themselves?

But US Ambassador to the United Nationals Nikki Haley has said her country is "locked and loaded" to strike Syria again if more such attacks continue.

President Donald Trump ordered the strike Friday in retaliation for Assad's reported chemical attack on the rebel-held suburb of Douma on April 7. Russian Federation claims that 71 of 103 missiles fired were shot down, although the Pentagon says that is not true.

A total of 105 missiles were fired in total by the allies.

While Trump announced the "precision strikes" in Syria, Trudeau has ruled out any Canadian participation.

Mrs May has faced a backlash from her domestic opposition for launching the strikes without consulting Parliament, while opposition lawmakers in the United States warned Mr Trump that any broader military campaign would require a well-formulated strategic vision - and authorisation from Congress.

The inspectors will face a hard task, with all key players having pre-empted their findings, including Western powers, which justified the strikes by claiming they already had proof such weapons were used.

"We felt like we had gone through every diplomatic measure of talking that we could".

What was the result on the ground?

However, Russia's key European ally Serbia said it won't take sides.

The extent to which the volleys of cruise missiles set back Assad's chemical weapons program is also in doubt, because the Pentagon acknowledged that the strikes had not targeted all of the facilities involved in the development and production of such weapons.

Ten hours after the missiles hit, smoke was still rising from the remains of five destroyed buildings of the Syrian Scientific Research Center in Barzeh, where a Syrian employee said medical components were developed.

Syria agreed in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons after a nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in Douma.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met overnight with representatives of the global chemical weapons watchdog at a Damascus hotel.

Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria on Saturday to begin their investigation into the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

Hopefully he "got the message", she said. The strikes were his first major military involvement since taking office past year.

Russian Federation on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the "aggression" against Syria from military strikes carried out by the United States, Britain, and France, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP.

"Mission accomplished" is the same phrase former President George W. Bush infamously used in 2003, after the US -led invasion of Iraq.

Prime Minister May defended the strikes as "right and legal", highlighting that the goal had been "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering".

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, supported Trump's decision to launch the strikes.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he strongly supported the US, UK and France's airstrikes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes.

James Piazza, a Penn State professor and Middle East expert, said he suspects the missile attacks will have a "negligible" effect on Syria's chemical weapons abilities.

The US is set to impose more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as the political fallout over the Syrian missile strike continues.

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