Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Mrs May is expected to ask her cabinet to approve a form of British participation in action led by France and the United States, aimed at Syrian President Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation.

"With every victory achieved on the field, the voices of some Western states are raised and actions are intensified in an attempt by them to change the course of events. these voices and any possible action will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening worldwide peace and security", Mr al Assad said according to Syrian state television.

The 105 missiles launched overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria targeted three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development in Damascus' Barzeh district and two facilities near Homs, Pentagon officials said.

Moscow and the Syrian regime deny that the gas attack took place or that either regime was involved. "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon", he said. United States lawmakers questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to order strikes without Congressional approval and opposition parties voiced concern.


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an global chemical weapons watchdog organization said Thursday that its team is en route to Syria and will begin work Saturday to investigate the attack.

Russia, a key ally and backer of the Assad regime, has branded the military action "illegal".

At the House hearing, Democrats grilled Mattis on the wisdom and legality of Trump ordering an attack on Syria without explicit authorization from Congress. Mattis argued it would be justified as an act of self-defense, with 2,000 USA ground troops in Syria; he insisted he could not talk about military plans because an attack "is not yet in the offing".

"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he said.

However, Mr McKenzie acknowledged elements of Syria's chemical weapons program remain and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future.


"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith, D-Wash. "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act".

The bombing represents a major escalation in the West's confrontation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's superpower ally Russian Federation, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash.

The tweet followed an appearance by Russia's ambassador to Syrian-allied Lebanon, who told the Hezbollah-run television network Al-Manar that USA missiles would be shot down by Russian Federation, "as well as the sources they were fired from".


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