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

What was right and what was wrong about Trump's Syria strike

What was right and what was wrong about Trump's Syria strike

FILE - President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's April 7 chemical weapons attack.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the United States will imminently impose a new rounds of sanctions on Russian Federation.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, '" Haley said at emergency Security Council talks.

Putin called the strike a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations" and said Moscow would call for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the draft resolution, Reuters reported.

Russian officials met with Assad after the US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles on Syria in retaliation for Assad's alleged chemical attack against his own people.

Russia's armed forces are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

That attack, White says, hit a Syrian military air base and was meant to focus on Syria's ability to deliver chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, the UK's Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said the UK's involvement in the air strikes against Syria was a "humanitarian intervention", which was legally justified.

The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program.

"This strike aimed to deliver a clear and unambiguous message to the Syrian regime that their use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is inexcusable and to deter any future use of chemical weapons", McKenzie said Saturday.

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said. "What about the humanity of the people who are fleeing those attacks?" he said, referring to the people of Syria. He said it's "totally incorrect" that chemical weapons were being developed there.

On April 9, seven Iranian personnel were among 14 people killed in an early-morning strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, with regime allies Iran and Russian Federation blaming Israel for the attack.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, slammed the strikes as a "military crime".

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 US intelligence.

Bashar Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to United Nations, said the strikes were an "attack against global law", and called on the three countries to stop supporting "terrorists" in Syria.

In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria". Our warnings have been left unheard.

"The U.N. charter was not created to protect criminals", Delattre said. "Again, we are being threatened".

"We are reassured that the military action is strictly targeted and limited in its goal. As we said, there must be a solution through worldwide law and not by strength", Brazilian President Michel Temer told reporters on the sideline of the ongoing eighth Summit of the Americas held in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force said four Tornado GR4s fighters jets joined in the operation, while France said it has deployed Mirage and Rafale fighter jets.

He added: "Could not have had a better result".

Among those targeted by the US-led operation was the Al-Dumayr military airport outside of Damascus.

She insisted that joining the military campaign was the "right thing for us to do" in the wake of the "harrowing" assault on the Syrian rebel-held town.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores global law", White said.

However, Mattis seemed to have anticipated Russia's rhetoric and addressed it during a press briefing at the Pentagon on Friday evening.

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