US threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

Guillermo Lane
April 11, 2017

Mr Medvedev said: 'This military action is a clear indication of the USA president's extreme dependency on the views of the Washington establishment, the one that the new president strongly criticised in his inauguration speech'. US President Donald Trump said there was no doubt Assad was responsible for the attack. The strike-Trump's biggest military decision since taking office-marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war. Tuesday's chemical attack left scores dead, including children and women, according activists.

"So the onus now is on Russian Federation to ensure that Syria does not engage in any other provocative actions, and that Russian Federation itself does not engage in any other provocative actions".

Britain led worldwide support for the attack, describing it as a "limited and appropriate" response to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Assad against its own people.

"So either Russian Federation has been complicit or Russian Federation has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement", Tillerson told reporters.

Mr Turnbull reiterated his support for the USA missile strikes on the Syrian air base where the gas attack was launched from, describing it as swift, just and calibrated.

Abe is proud of his close relationship with the US leader, but instead of expressing innocuous support he should try to convince Trump of the importance for the United States to tackle problems in cooperation with the worldwide community.

The dictator has heeded no warning from Trump's airstrikes on a military base on Thursday in retaliation for his gas attack on Tuesday. "They've got to take this forward and articulate a strategy that capitalizes on the new credibility that they have", said Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state for political affairs and adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Some analysts suggested more strikes to punish Assad for chlorine gas attacks, which he has used repeatedly in recent months without outcome.

Syria: What led to the USA airstrikes?

The American strikes "aim at slowing the victories of the Syrian army and its allies and reinforcing terrorist groups", they said in a statement.

"We are asking for an impartial global fact-finding body to be set find out where these chemical weapons came from", Rouhani said during a speech on Saturday. "It will be the regime's choice if there's any more, and it will be based upon their conduct going forward".

Still, the assault risks plunging America into the middle of Syria's conflict, complicating the safety of the hundreds of USA forces fighting a separate campaign against the Islamic State group in the north of the country.

The Pentagon has so far indicated that there are no further military plans to retaliate against Assad and that it will continue its effort to defeat the Islamic State in the region.

Syria's closest allies, Russian Federation and Iran, have defended Damascus against the allegations of chemical weapons use, with Moscow saying a conventional strike hit a rebel depot containing "toxic substances". Russian military personnel and aircraft are embedded with Syria's, and Iranian troops and paramilitary forces are also on the ground helping Assad fight the array of opposition groups hoping to topple him.

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