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USA officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:40

Syrian Deputy UN Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer denied the country's use of chemical weapons, stating at the UN special session that Syria "would never use such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups". Assad accused the USA of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria. This is the first time the USA has intentionally bombed government forces over the course of the country's six-year civil war.

"The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences", Haley said. But that's not how it was being talked about today.

Hussein spoke to NPR after attending Friday prayers.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the USA intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough. They began landing at around 8:40 pm, just as the two presidents were finishing their meals.

Meanwhile, Syrian state media reported that Russian Federation and Iran are drawing red lines after the US strike.

What he meant is people are getting killed by conventional airstrikes carried out by Syrian - and even more powerful Russian - warplanes every day.

Hussein says he and others are skeptical that the U.S.is truly concerned about their welfare.

"In particular", he said, the response showed the Kremlin's "continued support for a regime that carries out these kinds of horrendous attacks on their own people". The strike that killed the woman happened in a residential neighborhood, activist Alaa Al-Youssef told CNN. She runs a woman's center in the rebel-held northwest, which recently cancelled its programming due to an uptick in airstrikes that received little global attention.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to visit Moscow next week, and the Russian foreign ministry has said it expected him to explain Washington's stance in light of the US missile strikes on Syria. "So, yes, I'm skeptical", she said.

The latest attacks follow a strike early Friday by the United States on a Syrian airbase. He said he expects the country's third-most active, Saqqal air base, which is also located in central Syria, will fill the vacuum created by the destruction at Shayrat.

The Kremlin also said Russian President Vladimir Putin regarded the USA strike as "an aggression against a sovereign nation" conducted under an "invented pretext".

Asked then whether he was formulating a new policy on Syria, Trump replied: "You'll see". "But unfortunately, this is the point we've reached".

Mattis and McMaster argued that choosing that target would draw the clearest line between Assad's use of nerve gas and the retaliatory strike, the official said.

North Korea denounced Thursday's strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the North's push toward a credible nuclear deterrent. The government refers to all those fighting against it as terrorists.

The airbase the USA struck does provide support for government troops fighting ISIS. Still, the impact on President Bashar Assad's military capabilities is limited: His air force has more than a dozen other bases from which to operate. "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore", she said. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary". USA officials say about 20 planes were destroyed in Friday's attack on the Shayrat base.