wnol.info January 19 2018

McCain says administration rhetoric "partially to blame" for chemical attack in Syria

January 19 2018, 05:39 | Alonzo Simpson

"It also makes good sense before we commit our military and our men and women in uniform to any sort of conflict".

He said the relationship between the US and Russia today will be "whatever the Russians wants it to be".

The official also said that the United States bombing was meant to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapon will not be tolerated by the US.

The Free Syrian Army (FSO) welcomed USA missile strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad early Friday and urged more attacks on regime forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated worldwide law. But political experts say with the show of force is risky, with Russian Federation backing Assad.

Hours after the US missile strike on the Shayrat airbase, there were reports that Syrian aircraft took off from the same airbase the USA struck.

"If this intervention is limited only to an air base, if it does not continue and if we don't remove the regime from heading Syria, then this would remain a cosmetic intervention", said Cavusoglu in the southern city of Antalya.

Idlib province is controlled by a rebel alliance that includes a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and is regularly targeted by both the Syrian government and its Russian ally.

Speaking at the same U.N. Security Council session, Russia's deputy U.N. envoy offered a scathing rejoinder to the USA actions. "Since 2011, Bashar al-Assad's forces have killed an estimated 400,000 people - mostly civilians - by unconscionably targeting and attacking major population centers".

"The actions that the president has taken send a clear message to friend and foe alike that America is back and they will take strong leadership when warranted". But President Donald Trump indicated a possible American policy U-turn after the chemical attack, accusing Assad of crossing several red lines. We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary.

The United States did not seek Security Council authorisation for the military action that followed days of global outrage at images of dead children from the suspected sarin gas attack.

Trump stated that informing the Congress of the background and motives behind the decision to attack Syria was in consistent with the War Powers Resolution.

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