McCain keeps eye on North Korea as Trump strikes Syria

McCain keeps eye on North Korea as Trump strikes Syria

Pablo Tucker
April 7, 2017

On the order of President Donald Trump, two U.S. Navy destroyers flung dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian military air field on Thursday, targeting aircraft, the hardened bunkers where they're stored and the fuel that powers them.

"We've got the Middle East that is in chaos, the Europeans being destabilized, spread of ISIS [Daesh] throughout the world, and this is the challenge of Bashar Assad, and then we've also got the challenge of ISIS", McCain told MSNBC.

President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "the Syrian army doesn't have chemical weapons", saying this had been "observed and confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a special United Nations unit".

The surprise USA strike drew quick reactions from the friends and foes of the Syrian government and further strained relations with Russian Federation, a key ally of Assad, which suspended a deal with the prevent midair collisions in Syria's crowded skies.

The Pentagon said the Russian military, which is supporting the Syrian government, had been informed ahead of the U.S. attack.

He called on "all civilised nations" to help end the conflict in Syria. The Kremlin later moved to diminish the attack, saying that just 23 of 59 cruise missiles reached the air base, destroying six Syrian jets but leaving the runway intact. "The Trump administration's earlier move to increase the number of American troops on the ground, together with these strikes, raises serious concerns about the US being dragged into another nation's civil war".

Konashenkov's statement said the attack was a "gross violation" of a US-Russian memorandum aimed at avoiding clashes over Syria.

But Iran condemned the attack, saying the "unilateral action is risky, destructive and violates the principles of global law". Assad's government had been under mounting worldwide pressure after the chemical attack, which killed 87 people, including 31 children.

A Syrian opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, welcomed the US attack, saying it puts an end to an age of "impunity" and should herald the start of a larger campaign against Damascus. He added that the attack creates a "serious obstacle" for creating an worldwide coalition against terrorism.

"Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched". He said he hoped U.S. -Russia ties would not be irreparably hurt as a result. S. agreement, Syria agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpile. Russian Federation has said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun, and that blame should not be apportioned until a full investigation has been carried out.

"Coordination and openness with Congress is more important than ever, and President Trump must seek an authorization for the use of military force from Congress, especially if this attack signals an intention to consider launching a campaign against Assad". It was the seventh time Russian Federation has used its veto power to block Western-sponsored sanctions on Syria since the start of the civil war, which has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and left many more homeless.

Mr Peskov said that Mr Putin believed the United States had carried out the strikes under a "far-fetched pretext".

It says scores of Syrians were killed by poison gas on Tuesday because the Syrian air force had struck a militant bomb-making factory which it said contained chemical weapons procured in Iraq.

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