'Completely accomplished': US vice-president touts success of Syria airstrikes

16 April, 2018, 11:53 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Local officials respond to U.S. missile strikes on Syria

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

U.S. President Donald Trump praised the military strike on Syria as a "perfectly executed" operation and said it was aimed at ending the use of such weapons of mass destruction. The United States and its allies "were not going to let that stand", she said, adding that Mr. Trump had told her that the United States was "locked and loaded" and ready to strike again should Syria use banned weapons again. She says the USA was confident that they had "significantly degraded his ability to use chemical weapons ever again".

The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago.

An anonymous source told Channel Two, "the attack will allow the Americans to say, "We did what was necessary" and leave Syria".

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by U.S. warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

Putin condemned the military strikes as aggression that will make the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse, and reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in Douma was a fake.

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

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"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.

Dunford said the first targeted was a scientific research center in the Damascus area.

The Syrian government has to declare the entire stockpile of chemical weapons in order to resume the political dialogue in Geneva, US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but also again demonstrated the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with the seven-year-long Syrian conflict.

"What I heard from Gen. Mattis was him literally telling Bashar al-Assad: You can keep on killing as many Syrians as you can", Eid told Cabrera.

In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria".

He did not rule out sarin use.

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