Mixed Reaction To Syrian Airstrikes

Adjust Comment Print

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished" Trump said on Twitter.

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the legal basis used to support the British role was debatable, adding that he would only support action backed by the UN Security Council.

Haley said that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

She also suggested that Russian Federation wasn't helpful in pursing global 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". The phrase immediately evoked former president George W Bush's premature Iraq victory speech on board the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down US forces for years.

The Syrian civil war is not in its seventh year. "And we were able to repel it with Soviet missiles from the 70s", lawmaker Dmitry Sablin quoted Assad as saying, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

She also acknowledged Sunday that relations between the US and Russian Federation, an Assad supporter, are "very strained". Officials said this did not include giving Russian advance notice of where or when allied airstrikes would happen.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Saudi king seeks Arab unity on Iran, Jerusalem
Saudi officials have welcomed Malaysia's participation in Gulf Shield 1, the biggest joint military exercise in the Arab region. Instead, the king focused on rivalries with long-time foe Iran - only 160 kilometres (100 miles) across the Gulf from Dharan.

France, the United States and Britain plan to put forward a new draft resolution aimed at dismantling Syria's chemical weapons program, wiping out terrorism, demanding a ceasefire across Syria and finding a political solution to the war, French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre told the council on Saturday.

Later Sunday, Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation " that the US will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons.

Assad didn't comment on calls by the US State Department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons during the meeting. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", White told reporters at the Pentagon.

Muzna Dureid, a Syrian who came to Montreal a year and a half ago, agrees that Friday's strikes don't go far enough in putting pressure on the Assad government.