USA missile strike on Syria: Who supports it and who condemns it

Cheryl Sanders
April 18, 2017

"If we are to take further military action in Syria, we owe it to our courageous service members to provide them a clear directive, an unquestionable path to victory and a coalition of allied forces to fight by their side", Walz said.

It was up to national security adviser H.R. McMaster to reconcile the two views, and he tried to insist there was no real difference of opinion.

The move was welcomed by the Syrian opposition and its main backers, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but harshly condemned by Russian Federation and Iran, who back Assad and said striking his forces would complicate the struggle against extremist groups. "Why have rules against chemical weapons use if no one is going to pay a price for violating the rules?" What we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions.

In retaliation for the missile strike, Russia says it is suspending the hotline between the U.S. and Russian militaries that helps prevent collisions and clashes between the countries' fighter jets - although on Friday U.S. officials said the line remained active.

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. Some analysts said Mr. Assad had embarrassed his most important ally, as Moscow had guaranteed that Syria's chemical stockpiles had been removed as part of a 2013 deal to head off military action by the Obama administration.

"Using chemical weapons is an atrocity", Democratic Sen. USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tells United Nations the United States is "prepared to do more". As a citizen and then candidate for President, Trump repeatedly warned against military intervention in the Mideast and refused to open America's doors to the refugee victims of Assad's brutality.

Russian military personnel and aircraft are embedded with Syria's, and Iranian troops and paramilitary forces are also on the ground helping Assad fight the array of opposition groups hoping to topple him.

US -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more USA intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group.

It destroyed six planes under fix and several buildings, including a storage depot and radio station, it said.

Russian Federation responded by warning that the military action could have serious consequences. He has shown callous disregard for the lives of innocent civilians over the six years of the Syrian conflict.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agreed. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said. Haley made clear that the first priority for the United States is still to "defeat ISIS".

Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.

"If President Assad is indeed guilty of this disgusting chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court", Gabbard said.

As "the biggest victim of chemical weapons in modern history", Mr. Qassemi added, Iran "condemns any application of such weapons regardless of the perpetrators and victims".

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