Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump defends Syria strike on Twitter

Trump defends Syria strike on Twitter

"We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary". "We have to learn the lessons of the past and learn the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change".

"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russian Federation as part of the problem", McMaster said. "And saying we are only going after chemical weapons areas ignores the enormity of the problem".

Assad purportedly ordered the attack, which killed a reported 87 people, including children.

"Either they knew that there were chemical weapons and they knew there was going to be chemical weapon use, and they just hid it from the worldwide community, or they are being played for fools by Assad", she said on CNN's State of the Union. Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward.

Graham said Russian Federation "intentionally, in my view, left chemical weapons in the hand of Assad, their proxy".

Much of the global community accused Assad´s government of responsibility for that attack, though Damascus involved responsibility.

The US strike Thursday was created to be a targeted mission on the airfield from where the deadly chemical attack was launched Tuesday.

He, however, backed calls for an independent inquiry into a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Tuesday. Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the USA for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power.

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Trump's decision to strike Syria won widespread praise from other nations. But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Moscow and Washington.

In a statement later, Johnson said, "Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally". 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.

But as lawmakers called on Trump to consult with Congress on any future military strikes and a longer-term strategy on Syria, Trump administration officials sent mixed signals on the scope of US involvement.

There also was an unconfirmed report of a USA -led raid against the Islamic State in the countryside around Raqqa, the terror group's de facto capital in Syria.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US strike should be the start of a renewed effort to end the civil war, which has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced half of Syria's population.

Russia's Defence Ministry notified the Pentagon it would close down later on Friday the communications line used to avoid accidental clashes in Syria, Interfax new agency said.

"Do they want it to be a relationship of competition and potential conflict?" he continued.

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