US vows to keep up pressure on Syria

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2017

Zakaria added that Pakistan is a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and is against the use of chemical weapons. "But we can't put up with the actions that Assad has taken against his own people", he said.

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

"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", he said.

"United States intelligence indicates that Syrian military forces operating from this airfield were responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province, Syria, that occurred on April 4", Trump wrote in the letter. Syria denies using nerve gas.

McMaster also made clear that Trump wants a worldwide response to Assad's action that would include Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran. While we are right to be concerned about what may come next, there can be no doubt about the correctness of the American action.

The attack, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, said, was a flagrant violation of worldwide law.

"We also consider this strike to be a first step in the right direction towards the worldwide community assuming its moral and legal responsibility to protect Syrian civilians and save them from the genocidal war since 2011", it added.

USA officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes, and avoided hitting Russian personnel.

Satellite imagery suggests the base houses Russian special forces and helicopters, part of the Kremlin's effort to help Assad fight Islamic State and other militant groups.

Today, senior USA military officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack after the assault earlier this week.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has cancelled a visit to Moscow next week as tensions grow over events in Syria.

President Trump authorized the airstrike from his private club in Florida in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week that killed more than 80 people who breathed in poison that made them foam at the mouth.

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