US, Russia at odds over strikes on Syrian air base

Ahmad Kanji, a master's student in post-war reconstruction and development studies at Ryerson University, said as long as the strike targets those responsible for killing civilians in Syria, "it's the right thing to do".

Scores of people were killed in a suspected chemical attack on Tuesday in the Idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Mr. Alsaleh said this chemical attack appears to have garnered more worldwide attention than the last. "There has been a swift and just response and now it is up to the (UN) Security Council, up to Russian Federation in particular, to bring this conflict to an end". There is also no doubt that the USA strike provides the Islamist elements in Syria with every motivation for staging more chemical weapons incidents to provide the pretext for a spiraling escalation of U.S. military aggression. Barazi told The Associated Press that the USA missile strikes killed three soldiers and two civilians and wounded seven other people.

The United States has warned it is "prepared to do more" to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria under Bashar Assad.

The missile strike was the first time that Washington has carried out a direct military attack against Syrian government forces since the U.S. and its regional allies orchestrated a war for regime change utilizing Al Qaeda-linked Islamist "rebels" as its proxy ground troops.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has told CNN that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power is a priority, cementing an extraordinary U-turn in the Trump administration's stance on the embattled leader. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary". "The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used". She added that preventing the use of chemical weapons and their proliferation is "our vital national security interest".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also was in Florida with Trump and is scheduled to go to Moscow next week, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the Russian reaction because it showed continued support for Assad.

Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims. And as we said last night, we will monitor Syria's response to that strike in terms of whether they attack our own forces or coalition forces, or whether we detect that they are considering mobilizing to take [sic] additional chemical weapons attacks.

US military officials said Friday they had watched a small drone flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikoun that was both a target of the chemical attack and also provided treatment for gas victims.

Mr Lavrov, on a visit to Uzbekistan, compared the USA action to the invasion of Iraq by American and British forces in 2003. The Russian military was informed beforehand, the Pentagon said.

Of course, the Russian system has not squared off with the US cruise missile before to test how effectively it can take it down, Tack warns, and it may be that Russian troops had a military rather than political reason that prevented them from firing at the USA missiles.

Lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties were supportive of Trump's decision to attack the Syrian air base, but some Republican senators said they were concerned about the lack of policy clarity and Tillerson's strategy of leaving Assad's fate unresolved while concentrating on Islamic State. Previously, President Trump has suggested that he is indifferent to the prospect of Mr Assad prevailing in the civil war. "Shayrat air base in Homs that killed and displaced innocent people is out of order after the American military strikes", said activist Mohammed al-Sibai, who is based in Homs province. Assad's office said Syria would strike its enemies harder.

In a statement issued the day of the chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing".

"The U.S. alerted Russian Federation to make sure their own personnel or equipment were not hit and it would be fair to assume Syria was warned" Tack says. There was no independent confirmation of civilian casualties.

The U.S. position has left many allies, while supportive of the missile strike against Syria, wondering what comes next.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided Saturday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

The US and its allies are meanwhile, preparing to press for a United Nations resolution condemning the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, but Russian Federation is likely to veto the motion. The United States has conducted air strikes against Islamic State, which controls territory in eastern and northern Syria, and a small number of US troops are helping rebel militias.

Turkey welcomed the strike calling for a no-fly zone in the country to prevent further bloodshed, while Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the "strong and clear message" sent by a U.S. strike.

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