U.S. still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks


U.S. still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, center right, meets with Russian lawmakers in Damascus.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities. "Not at this point in a civil war and bring the wrath of the whole world on his back", George said.

Bowen called Rojava, the Kurds' name for the part of Syria they control, "a peaceful and democratic community" where Muslim sects, Christians, and members of other Syrian groups have sought refuge from warfare between Assad's allies and Islamist rebels. The US military said it was human error and an honest mistake, as it was targeting what were believed to be ISIS positions.

Trump: 'Mission Accomplished!' "Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality". Trump blamed Assad for that attack, though some global observers have said it is hard to prove who was behind it.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Some analysts described the British military action as "largely symbolic" - out of the 120 missiles that were fired against three targets in Syria, only four came from the UK.

In April 2017, the U.S. targeted a Syrian airbase from where it alleged a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched by the Assad regime against civilians at the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the USA and its allies.

"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons program".

But US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday that the missiles were a "one-time shot" for now, but that the strike sent a "strong message" to "deter" Assad from carrying out another chemical attack. Officials in the US and other Western countries have blamed the Syrian government for that attack. "The government is not elected by the people, they are not democratic process...not only this, they are killing their own people and the whole global community knows about it", Banna said.

President Donald Trump "enforces" the red line and the United States will sustain the pressure on the war-torn nation, she said.

Putin condemned the military strikes as aggression that will make the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse, and reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in Douma was a fake. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Mr Trump said in a televised address as the attacks were being carried out. There should not be expanded military operations without an updated congressional authorization and we can not repeat the mistakes of the past with open ended combat operations in the Middle East.