United States threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes


Trump has called the failure to punish Assad for crossing the "red line" President Obama placed around the use of chemical weapons a "humiliation"; but in September 2013 he tweeted support for Obama's decision to forgo military action, warning that there was "no upside and tremendous downside" in further entanglement.

They said Russian Federation had an aviation unit at al-Shayrat airfield, where the United States said the chemical attack originated, and had "chemical expertise in the country". "I think we ought to ask them that question".

Elsewhere in the Middle East, a Syrian Sukhoi jet took off from the Shayrat airbase targeted by the volley of US strikes, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV channel reported Sunday, saying repairs to the base began within hours of the attack. Those strikes prompted a sharply critical response from the Kremlin, including a Facebook post from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declaring that it has placed the United States "on the verge of a military clash with Russian Federation".

She criticised Russian Federation for supporting Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

But he said Turkey could not "remain silent" on the Syrian government's chemical weapons use, and he insisted that Moscow work with Ankara to establish a transitional government in Damascus.

"The U.S. response to the chemical attack was rather mild-we targeted the unit which we think was involved, we didn't take out runway", he says.

The comments from Tillerson and Haley suggested that the airstrikes Trump ordered punishing Assad for using chemical weapons would not lead to any immediate change in US strategy toward Syria. But in interviews broadcast Sunday, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Moscow because Russian Federation wasn't targeted.

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Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests - which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings - with unexpected ferocity. And I think the Russians need to think more carefully about the commitment they made under the chemical weapons agreements to be the guarantor that these weapons would be seized, they would be removed, they would be destroyed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a degree of support for the USA missile strikes on Syria Thursday evening, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Stating that previous efforts to dislodge Assad had "failed dramatically" Trump asked for: "God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world".

"It looks like our Western colleagues live in their own reality", she said, adding that "we always stood for building stable relations on firm worldwide legal grounds". "If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad". The Syrian government didn't do it'.

Haley said "getting Assad out is not the only priority" and that countering Iran's influence in Syria was another.

In a speech on Sunday, Rouhani also criticised USA -allied Gulf Arab states for endorsing the US missile strike. -Russian relationship "can be whatever the Russians want it to be". How is it in anyone's interest that this conflict in Syria and this catastrophe in the greater Middle East continues? " "I think he's making a serious mistake".