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Trump defends his 'Mission Accomplished' tweet on Syria

16 April 2018, 03:31 | Opal Carroll

Alex Wong via Getty Images Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on the Syria airstrikes at the Pentagon on Friday night

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on the Syria airstrikes at the Pentagon on Friday night

Trump has also tweeted in response to Monday's raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen, which reports say has unnerved presidential advisers who see it as more worrisome than special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's probe.

Haley's warning comes after American, British and French forces fired over one hundred missiles at the Arab country on Saturday.

The coordinated missile attack by allied forces hit suspected weapons sites in an operation Trump said was meant to deter Assad from using chemical arms in future. The stated objective of America's military presence in Syria remains the defeat of the Islamic State.

Hours after the strikes, the Trump administration pledged future action in Syria if Assad continues to use chemical weapons.

Responding to Friday's attack on its soil, Syria has condemned "with the strongest terms" the aggression by US, Britain and France and called on the worldwide community and the UN Security Council to strongly condemn the act which can only lead to further ignite tensions and pose threat to the global peace and security. He said that U.S. launched "an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism". "That is exactly why allies condemn any use of chemical weapons and that is why all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies support the actions taken by key allies". Syrians living in Vermont are also following the situation closely.

Syrian Canadians expressed a range of reactions to the recent USA -led air strikes against Syria's government, with some denouncing foreign aggression and others calling for even stronger action to end the conflict that has devastated the country. "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

Mr Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

"Such attacks will not deter our armed forces and allied forces from persisting to crush what is left of the armed terrorist groups", the military said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the West's response was "necessary and appropriate".

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The strikes, in Douma, near Damascus, were launched in response to evidence that the Assad regime killed civilians in an April 7 chemical attack, the latest in country's years-long civil war.

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian government´s chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

Sami Nader, head of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs in Beirut, said "the sustainable involvement of the United States in partnership with France and the UK will be a counterweight to Russian Federation and Iran in Syria". An official there said the facility was used by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and helped develop cancer drugs.

Dunford said the USA did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications. White said there has been a 2,000 increase in Russian trolls on the internet, telling a different story than what reporters just heard at the Pentagon.

"A shame on humanity", said Hadi al Bahra, a member of the opposition Syrian Negotiating Commission.

President Barack Obama, had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action.

Among the contentious proposals, it would establish an independent investigation into allegations of toxic gas attacks in Syria with the aim of identifying the perpetrators.On the humanitarian side, the measure demands medical evacuations and safe passage for aid convoys to be allowed to all areas.Diplomats said it remained unclear when the council would vote on the proposal, and they were ready to allow time for negotiations to bring Russian Federation aboard.Just before dawn on Saturday, the sounds of massive explosions and the roar of warplanes rang out across Damascus for about 45 minutes. But Sen. Tim Kaine, a safer Virginia Democrat who is running for reelection in 2018, blasted Trump's decision to strike Syria without congressional approval. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

White, the Defense Department spokeswoman, said the strikes did not "represent a change in USA policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

"From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position", TASS quoted lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak as saying after the meeting.



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