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USA launches missile strike against Syria
January 19 2018, 05:34 | Perry Erickson
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) said that while the United States needs to take "decisive steps" to combat chemical attacks like the one in Syria, Trump should have allowed Congress to weigh in on the issue before ordering the airstrike. Whether President Donald Trump will do that is anyone's guess, because Friday's missile attack contradicted so much of what was expected from his young administration.
The Syrian government and Moscow denied Syrian forces were behind the gas attack but Western countries dismissed their explanation that chemicals leaked from a rebel weapons depot after an air strike.
Swedish Ambassador to the U.N. Olof Skoog speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, April 7, 2017, at United Nations headquarters. She also stopped short of blaming Assad.
In Washington, a senior United States official said Syria may have had help carrying out the alleged chemical attack, but stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity.
A total break with Assad also entrenches one of the main impediments to success against IS in Syria: The coalition lacks a government-level ally on the ground.
The U.S. bombing, Mr. Netanyahu said in a statement, "will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere".
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'.
"Honestly", she said, "our feelings today are mixed between happiness and sadness".
Reached by phone, she said people are unsure what to make of the USA missile strikes. The global community has repeatedly expressed its outrage.
The decision undercut another campaign promise for Trump: his pledge to try to warm relations with Moscow.
Central to the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's election meddling are concerns that Trump, through his associates, may have signaled to Russian Federation that he would lift the sanctions after taking office.
One theory advanced by US military officials is that the hospital bombing sought to cover up any evidence of the prior chemical attack. "Russian Federation will draw conclusions from the actions of the United States in Syria", he said.
It comes after the United Kingdom backed USA airstrikes on a Syrian airbase where a horrifying chemical attack was allegedly launched.
Jundi felt relieved that the Shayrat airport, from where Syrian planes took off to attack Khan Shaykhun, has been damaged.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the US strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia's military. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said six Syrian jets were destroyed but the air base's runway was intact.
In a series of tweets, Sanders said, "Syria's Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons against the men, women and children of his country makes him a war criminal".
The impact of the strikes was also unclear. It has propped up and shielded Syria's brutal dictator for years.
Trump spent Friday in Florida, in private meetings with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
US officials are still trying to determine who is responsible for the hospital strike.
Russian Federation warned on Friday that USA cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington. The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.
Media captionWATCH: What is Trump's plan in Syria? "So we can understand the United States taking action to prevent that kind of chemical attack happening again". " The Federalist also offered hesitant approval, citing the strike's relatively limited immediate effects". Russian Federation also took, without any hesitation or consultation with the Security Council, its own unilateral military actions with its invasion of Ukraine, occupation of Crimea and mass killings of civilians in aid of Assad in East Aleppo.
"The calculus here isn't very well worked out", said Barfi. "You vote before you go to war, not after you go to war".
With all his flaws, Trump is reasserting American strength and power on the world stage - and the world will be safer and more secure because of it.