Damascus defiant as Trump orders strikes after Syria chemical attack


Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed. We never want to see that ghastly spectre return.

"The Syrian response was remarkably ineffective in all domains", the general also said.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. They haven't laid out a strategy and military action shouldn't be taken as a one off. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the U.S.is certain that chlorine was used in the attack and has not ruled out the possibility that the nerve agent sarin was present as well.

"This very easily could happen in the United States if we're not smart, and if we're not conscious of what's happening", Haley told Fox News early Sunday morning.

Piazza foresees limited sanctions on Russian Federation, and he said Assad is unlikely to change his behavior with pressure from President Vladimir Putin.

Haley appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

Haley said the sanctions, to be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it".

He says when the USA eventually pulls out, he hopes President Trump will have a more concrete plan in place to ensure so many years of loss and destruction are not in vain.

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The draft United Nations resolution also calls for medical evacuations and the safe passage for aid convoys to all areas of Syria. "Having faced suffering and even death at the hands of ISIS, we hope that our assistance will help these communities to rise up again and rebuild for the future", Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said in a statement at the time.

She also suggested that Russian Federation wasn't helpful in pursing worldwide diplomatic responses to the chemical attack, saying the 105 missiles launched by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom at three Syrian sites connected to the making and storing of chemical weapons "didn't have to happen". Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted. The Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone and agreed that the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria".

ABC News previously reported at least 40 people were killed in the suspected chemical attack.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidential account tweeted after the airstrikes began.

President Trump's use of the familiar phrase struck a chord with the American people, many of whom opposed military action against Syria. "They 100 percent met their objectives", she said on ABC's "This Week".

Putin, in a phone call Sunday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, described the US strike as a violation of worldwide law.

Mr Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations". Defence secretary Gavin Wiliamson told BBC Radio 4: "Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future, but also it sends a clear message to the Syrian regime that they can not continue to use chemical weapons with impunity". They also called the attack an impediment to peace.

On Saturday, a draft resolution brought by Russian Federation before the UN Security Council condemning the air attacks failed to pass.

Analysts and diplomats said that the attack was unlikely to lead to an escalation in hostilities or change the trajectory of the seven-year-old Syrian conflict.