US Will Announce New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Attack

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

That again says the displacement of millions of Syrians, the barrel bombs, the nighttime airstrikes, the city sieges and starving of tens of thousands of people, none of that crosses red lines in the West.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted early Saturday."Could not have had a better result".

The U.S. already bears a "heavy responsibility for the bloody outrage" in Yugoslavia, Libya and Iraq, he said.

In the U.S., the President was slammed for his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished!' in a tweet following the airstrikes. The U.N. Security Council was meeting at Moscow's request.

The American military described that attack as "precision strikes" on three targets in Syria that it falsely claimed to be associated with the country's alleged chemical weapons arsenal, without producing any evidence.

A Syrian military statement said 110 missiles were fired Saturday by the U.S., Britain and France and that it shot down majority.

The Russian military said that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles, but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles. He said the missiles hit the "sweet spot", doing the expected level of damage while minimizing the unintentional release of toxic fumes that could be harmful to nearby civilians.

US, French and British missiles destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities Saturday, but the buildings were mostly empty and the Western trio swiftly reverted to its diplomatic efforts.

On Sunday, barely 24 hours after the United States and its allies fired 105 missiles at Syrian government targets near the capital and in Homs to the north, the mood is one of relief and defiance.

On CBS's "Face the Nation", Haley said the Treasury Department will announce the new sanctions and insisted the USA has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons. Syria has denied the accusation. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strikes without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from U.S., British and French officials.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", she said.

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Trump announced the airstrikes Friday night to attack Syria's chemical weapons program. That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were now planned. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to visit the area.

Their views conform exactly to the government line that rebels staged the chemical attack in Douma as a false flag operation to lure in global action.

"Such attacks will not deter our armed forces and allied forces from persisting to crush what is left of the armed terrorist groups", the military said.

The US, Britain and France struck military positions and research facilities linked to chemical weapons in Damascus and Homs overnight to retaliate against their suspected use in a 7 April attack on a rebel-held suburb of the capital.

A 2015-17 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the OPCW had found the Syrian government used sarin in an 4 April 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon.

He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. While this round of missiles kept clear of killing Russians or Iranians, the next strike might not be so lucky, said Stephen Biddle of the Council on Foreign Relations. "I believe it was the right thing for us to do".

"We disagree with anyone bombing our country no matter what the reason is", he said in a phone interview.

President Barack Obama, had set a "red line" regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then backed away from military action. "What we are saying is at some point we want to see our military come home", she said.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response.

Theresa May joined Trump in ordering bombing raids on Syria without getting approval from MPs first.

Assad viewed the missile attack as an "act of aggression", mirroring comments made by Vladimir Putin, according to Russian MP Sergei Zheleznyak, who attended the meeting.

"There has been a 2000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours", White said.

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