Activists worry U.S. airstrikes won't deter Assad: 'Mission not accomplished'
Apr 16 2018 by Lorena Waters
The Trump administration has placed a series of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including ones last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin.
The report showed people waving Syrian flags, alongside those of Iran and Russia- the main allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad during years of the country's conflict - in the face of what many called "limited" or even "failed" strikes created to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.
"If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", US Ambassador Nikki Haley said.
Trump also said the term should be utilized more, exclaiming "Use often!"
On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that the strike "could not have had a better result" and that it was "mission accomplished". So it appears we have another instance of the Fox-Trump feedback loop.
Paris released a dossier that it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus that government forces have recaptured this year.
He said Syrian air defence systems, which mostly date back to the Soviet Union, intercepted 71 missiles. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.
"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".
"We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".
The Syrian government has denied responsibility and Russian Federation has suggested Israel or Britain was to blame, supposedly to justify increased Western intervention into the war-ravaged country.
On Friday, the US Navy said it was moving additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking distance of Syria.
"I think (the relationship) has been changing over time", she said.
In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria".
The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker.
"These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond".
"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons program".
Asked about U.S. -Russia relations, Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.
White agreed with the president, adding that "what happens next depends on what the Assad regime decides to do, and what the Russian government decides to enable".
A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that "all military bases were evacuated a few days ago" after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.