Assad tells Russian lawmakers Western strikes were act of aggression

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

When Donald Trump warned last week that the U.S. was preparing a military onslaught to punish Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for a suspected poison gas attack on the town of Douma near Damascus, Russia said it would retaliate if any of its servicemen or facilities were hit in Syria. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organised an insurgency that would tie down USA forces for years.

The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the USA was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.

Trump had said Friday that the U.S. is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria", Macron said, according to AFP.

But Haley said the airstrikes accomplished their goal. She said the administration has responded with a number of aggressive actions, such as "the sanctions continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday". But the president said he "felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back". "But it is equally important for us to be aware of the distraction tactics that some of the actors in the world are using today and to not allow those tactics to work".

"They 100 percent met their objective".

"I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

Critics, however, claimed Sunday that Trump was premature.

"I've been talking with them and seeing their messages on Facebook", said Mercho, "thank God they're all safe". Angus King (I-Maine) said on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper.

"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none", May said.

"We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can not allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons", she continued.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) sounded a similar note of caution on ABC's "This Week" and called for a broader strategy. "It should be taken as part of a strategy". "That does not, however, solve the problem".

Ms Haley's latest comments came after contradictions appeared within the United States position on Syria.

Haley listed three goals for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to American interests, that the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Trump also announced sanctions against Russian Federation in August, accusing Putin's government of tampering with the 2016 US presidential election. "And we've had some success so far". Are we staying there now to topple Assad, to counter Iran, to check Russian Federation, to help the Kurds, to buttress Israel, to rebuild our relationships with Turkey?

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating ISIS and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also called for an immediate emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the US, UK, and France. "But we're not going to leave until we have accomplished those goals".

An earlier poll by BMG Research showed that 46 percent of United Kingdom people support the strikes, while 27 percent oppose the attack.

OPCW inspectors have raised questions about the SSRC since 2013, when Damascus joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to do away with its stockpile to avert threatened strikes under President Barack Obama. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".