Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

USA ready 'to do more in Syria' after strike

USA ready 'to do more in Syria' after strike

The decision is likely to be seen as a snub by the Russians, who on Friday were said to still be preparing for the visit.

"We all know that Assad would not poison his own people", he said in an online video on Friday.

Tillerson's comments came just a few days after the United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase that was allegedly used in the chemical attack. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first US assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

He said: "The greatest war criminal of all, Bashar Assad, has now been put on notice".

"The reality of today shows that we must stand against power with power and it proves a million times over that our decision to strengthen our nuclear deterrence has been the right choice". "He said from Day One that he's not going to take any nonsense", Anthony Calvanese, 28, a construction foreman, told a reporter on a sidewalk in New York City's Staten Island borough.

On Friday, hours after the U.S. missile strike, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Western allegations were "bogus".

The chemical attack prompted the launch almost 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base early Friday, which killed nine people and marked the first time Washington has directly targeted Syrian government forces since the war began in 2011.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy criticized Trump's move as "a 24-hour pivot on Syria policy", because the president was largely against involvement in Syria's civil war before the Tuesday chemical attack.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CNN in an interview to be aired Sunday she sees no possible political solution in Syria as long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

"There's always a transformation that takes place from a person who wins the presidency, and then once he assumes office he necessarily sees the world from a different perspective", said Edward Djerejian, a former USA ambassador to Syria and Israel who now directs Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the strikes, the Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday. "Russian Federation will draw conclusions from the actions of the United States in Syria", he said. Syria called the operation "an aggression" that killed at least six people.

US Ambassador to the UN and current UN Security Council president, Nikki Haley arrives for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria, at the UN headquarters in NY on April 7, 2017. But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Moscow and Washington.

The Security Council was meeting in an emergency session to discuss the USA actions in Syria that Russian Federation branded a "flagrant violation of global law and an act of aggression" against Syria.

Name "Ukraine" mean anything to you, Mr. President?

Bandying the hashtag #Syria hoax, leaders of the "Alt-Right" white nationalist fringe on Friday lashed out at Mr Trump for abandoning his election campaign stances.

Trump and Xi also agreed to explore new ways to enhance military dialogue.

"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end this slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types", he said. The attack occurred in the Shuaib Al Zeker area, near where US-backed Syrian fighters have been on the offensive against ISIL under the cover of coalition air strikes.

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