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Wisconsin US senators respond to Syrian airstrikes

Syrian air strikes are a warning to Russia – Theresa May Wisconsin US senators respond to Syrian airstrikes
Sherri Watson | 15 April, 2018, 07:55

A Pentagon briefing later said the strikes had "set the Syrian chemical weapons programme back for years".

Francois Delattre, the permanent representative of France to the U.N., said the evidence of Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people was clear and that the United Nations' mission should be to hold war criminals accountable.

Syria, backed by the Russians, has denied responsibility.

Macron says the operation is limited to Syria's abilities to produce chemical weapons. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained "residual" capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left. The American president called the president of Syria a "monster".

Trump says he has asked USA partners "to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS effort. We've seen it happen in Libya and Iraq: on one hand, the resources of these countries were plundered, on the other, a lot of weapons got sold to terrorist groups", al Shami said.

The Pentagon could not confirm how many missiles hit their targets but said no other attacks were planned.

The White House and Pentagon, past year and now, have not clearly outlined the US mission and strategy in Syria, as many reporters have pointed out, then and now.

The strikes Friday were "double" the size of the operation the US carried out in Syria in April 2017 and would result in a "long term degradation of Syria's ability" to create, use and deploy chemical weapons, Pentagon officials said following the move.

Western powers have carried out their biggest attack yet against the Syrian regime but analysts say the strikes were a mostly "punitive" measure that will not change the course of the conflict.

"We invite Russian Federation to start supporting the innocent men, women and children of Syria who are being killed with chemical weapons", the U.S. ambassador said.

"Trump calls the two countries those "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

"He adds ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not". "Last night's operations were very successful".

But President Trump remains ambivalent about crafting a foreign policy that would prevent those three nations from continuing their slaughter. The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET, the early hours of Saturday morning for Europe and the Middle East.

Haley said the USA was prepared to sustain the pressure if the Syrian regime was "foolish enough to test our will".

"Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", Trump told a crowd in Richfield, Ohio, on March 30. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

May - who appeared to leave the door open to more strikes if the Assad regime repeated the used of chemical weapons - repeatedly dodged questions on whether she would seek some form of retrospective vote in parliament, saying only that she would address parliament on Monday, and take MPs' questions.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

But the Pentagon said the Syrian air defence systems had been largely ineffective, and there was no indication that Russian systems had been employed. Fox News reported that USA military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, new national security adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were all involved in the decision to strike Syria, Reuters reports.