Who has chemical weapons in Syria and how?

Henrietta Brewer
April 11, 2017

Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the United States had "multiple priorities" in Syria and that stability there was impossible with Assad as president.

Russian Federation and Iran have drawn their own red lines in Syria in response to US strikes on an airbase responsible for a chemical attack on civilians. In the absence of answers, other countries seem to be moving ahead on their own terms.

President Donald Trump's top advisers took to Sunday television talk shows to set the stage for a diplomatic confrontation in Moscow this week when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called Bashar al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of a U.S. missile strike, Rouhani's office said yesterday.

The AP notes that US officials had previously said they were uncertain about whether the drone was Russian or Syrian.

Additionally, although the jet that bombed the hospital was Russian-made, US officials have said they remain unsure whether it was being piloted by Russian or Syrian forces.

But the US missile attack is expected to loom over Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow next week.

"Well, I think the fact that we acted was very important, and I support the president's action", McCain said.

In response to the April 4 attack that killed dozens of people, including many children, the United States launched airstrikes on a Syrian airbase.

"There is no doubt that the United States action is a game changer in Syria". Although Trump warned of possible further intervention, the Pentagon has said no other strikes against government targets are in current plans.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson is then expected to deliver a message that the Kremlin faces worldwide isolation if it stands by the regime in Damascus.

"We do not have any information that suggests that Russian Federation was part of the military attack undertaken using the chemical weapons", Tillerson said.

Earlier on Friday, the United States targeted the Shayrat air base in Homs Province with almost 60 Tomahawk missiles, killing six Syrian soldiers and nine civilians, including four children, and destroying nine warplanes, according to the Syrian government. Congressman Bacon agrees the air strike on Syria was necessary but there are no winners here. "And then when they used chemical weapons, we didn't do anything", Ridge said.

"Regardless of whether Russia was complicit here or whether they were simply incompetent or whether they got outwitted by the Bashar al-Assad regime, you would have to ask the Russians that question", said Tillerson.

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