Syrian air base bombed by USA cruise missiles resumes operations

  • Syrian air base bombed by USA cruise missiles resumes operations

Syrian air base bombed by USA cruise missiles resumes operations

Trump launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles from the US Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea in revenge for Syria's chemical attack which left 70 civilians dead.

The top United States diplomat insisted he had no concerns about possible Russian retaliation following an unprecedented U.S. strike on a Syrian airfield this week. Next week's scheduled meeting between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian President Putin should provide some indication of that. Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with the Assad government and has been implicated in numerous attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule, though Moscow adamantly denies such claims.

But his attack on the Syrian air base is in a sense a rebuke of Russian Federation, which was supposed to have worked out a deal with Assad in 2013 to destroy his chemical weapons arsenal. Eyewitnesses said that at least one person was killed in that attack. "The Syrian government didn't do it, '" Haley said.

Further upping the ante, the Russian Defence Ministry vowed to help strengthen Syrian air defences.

Saudi Arabia said on Friday it "fully supports" U.S. strikes on military targets in Syria, saying it was a "courageous decision" by President Donald Trump in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican and a member of the chamber's Intelligence committee, told "Fox News Sunday" that Trump needs to come to Congress before committing troops.

Haley noted that the United States' first priority is still to defeat ISIS, but that there can be "multiple priorities".

Mr Tillerson is likely to raise the issue of the continued use of chemical weapons in Moscow this week. We were fully justified in doing so.

Syria's government has denied any involvement in Tuesday's attack on Khan Sheikhun, suspected to be the second-deadliest chemical weapons attack since the country's war began in March 2011.

He described them as an "attempt to distract attention from the many victims amongst the peaceful population in Iraq and Syria caused by unilateral actions".

Once the USA wades into a conflict it rarely succeeds in containing its ambitions - let alone those of its allies. The Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia are in a power struggle for regional dominance with Iran's Shiite government and view Tehran's support of Assad as a threat to the region.

The UK ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, said the U.S. strikes were a "proportionate response to unspeakable acts".

Fallon supported Trump's actions and wrote: "President Trump made the right call by resorting to careful and narrowly focused military action".

Neutral countries should investigate whether a chemical weapon was used, and if used, its source should be found, Rouhani said.

The strikes have raised a slew of questions about the Trump administration's ultimate goals for Syria. They must act swiftly and decisively to rein in Trump's illegal military escalation in Syria.