Assad cannot be part of Syria solution: German minister

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it is now the worldwide community's obligation to act in Syria as "Russia has failed to do so".

"I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said.

"The fact [Mr Assad] was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

Only days before the missile attack, Trump had called for a rapid USA troop withdrawal from Syria, which critics said would yield control of the country to Russian Federation and Iran, key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Sen.

Although Israel has at times urged stronger U.S. involvement against Assad and his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements in Syria, it voiced backing for Saturday's air strikes by Western powers.

"The repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in the past has been confirmed by independent worldwide investigators".

Trump's use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" in a tweet on Saturday also raised eyebrows, since it is closely associated with former President George W. Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq, in 2003. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that would tie down USA forces for years.

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the introduction of a War Powers Act to stop governments launching military action in most circumstances without the backing of the Commons.

Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying US involvement there "is not done". "Right now, they don't have very good friends, and right now, the friends that they do have are causing them harm", Haley added.

"We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return." she said.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

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Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the strikes were accompanied by a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Syria and Russia in the U.N. Security Council.

Speaking on "Meet the Press", Brennan, who is now an analyst for NBC, said "the administration's actions against Syria were appropriate - and I tend to be a critic of this administration". "We convinced him to remain".

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said at an emergency United Nations meeting called by Russian Federation.

The nighttime assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance. Iran's Supreme Leader called the attack a crime and the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps said it gave "the resistance a more open hand", although it did not threaten to retaliate. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it", she told CBS News on Sunday.

The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the attack, a charge that both Syria and its most powerful ally, Russia, have vehemently denied. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. The Syrian Central Media said the missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs.

"And we had no reaction to that".

After the middle-of-the-night attack on Syria, some USA television commentators poked fun at Trump's use of the "Mission accomplished" term, first used in 2003 by former President George W. Bush, who claimed prematurely and wrongly that the US had successfully completed its military attack on Iraq.

But the New York Times said that while they may have been in the past, it was unclear whether they were still in active use when they were bombed by the West, since there were no casualties and no reports of chemical leakages at the sites. He said the allies acted without a United Nations mandate because of the "constant stalemate of the Russians" in the Security Council.

Haley followed up with an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday in which she promised further consequences for those allied with Assad, namely Russian Federation and Iran.

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