USA recklessness in Syria

USA recklessness in Syria

Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response meant to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again, but which was unlikely to change his grip on power. It famously was on a backdrop banner when President George W. Bush stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier in May 2003 and prematurely declared victory in Iraq.

- Russian President Putin says strike on Syria by U.S. and its allies will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

President Donald Trump and his British and French allies say the airstrikes were necessary to deter Syria's use of chemical weapons but Russian Federation insists there's no evidence that chemical weapons were used. The Trump administration has never articulated its strategy or goal in Syria beyond fighting Islamic State militants and calling for political negotiations to replace Assad.

Syrian state media called the attacks a "flagrant violation of worldwide law". "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Mr Trump said in a televised address as the attacks were being carried out.

Russian Army Colonel Gen. Sergey Rudskoy put a number to the claim, telling reporters that 71 of the cruise missiles were intercepted by Syria's air defense systems.

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" after ordering a military strike on suspected chemical weapons targets in Syria Friday night, provoking strong protests by Syrian leaders, Iran and Russian Federation.

Trump's use of that last phrase harks back to President George W. Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq, where USA troops remain 15 years after the initial US military engagement there - a mistake some critics say they fear Trump might repeat on Syria.

Immediately following Trump's televised address Friday night, announcing the US -led strikes, loud explosions and thick smoke were reported in the Syrian capital city, Damascus. It might seem Washington struck just to save face. "Assad has succeeded, at least for the foreseeable future, and he is capitalizing on that".

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"The aggression by the arrogant and hegemonic Western regimes was a result of their frustration at the failure of the conspiratorial project against Syria", the state-run SANA news agency said, citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official.

"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one USA official.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", said Mr Putin.

One official cautioned, however, that U.S. intelligence assessments indicate Assad still has chemical weapons in Syria.

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on Saturday.

"We will continue to work with our worldwide partners to further investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The strikes don't alter that reality", Ross said. Russia, Assad's strongest ally, has used its veto power as many as 12 times to block United Nations action against Syria.

The combined strike is the most significant attack against President Assad's government by Western powers in the seven years of Syria's civil war.

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