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Putin: Further Western strikes on Syria will lead to chaos -agencies

17 April 2018

Indeed, U.S. policy at the time helped create a chaotic power vacuum that was filled by civil war in Iraq, greater regional influence for Iran and, eventually, the rise of a jihadist movement that would coalesce into Islamic State.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Saturday: "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will". He added that Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. "This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said in a press briefing.

President Trump surprised members of his administration last month when he publicly expressed his determination to remove USA forces from Syria.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did", McKenzie said. "And they also sent a strong message to Syria, to Russian Federation, to Iran, when this president has a red line, he will enforce it".

It wasn't a predetermined outcome.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted. "We do not have an overall comprehensive strategy for dealing with Syria". He did so after sending a tweeted message in a style that is new in diplomatic correspondence, saying: "Get ready Russian Federation, because (missiles) will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a gas killing animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

The Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on April 13 and April 14.

Action to tackle the seven-year war and the use of chemical weapons has been stymied at the United Nations because of the veto-power wielded by Syria ally, Russia.

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Ahmad, a 25-year-old mechanic who had been displaced from Douma, said the Western strikes were nevertheless too little, too late. The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation .

But Pentagon spokesman Marine Maj. New National Security Adviser John Bolton - who started Monday - and Vice President Mike Pence were also on hand.

"These are big things the president's been focused on", Sanders said.

Opposition sources say Dumair airport is a major air base used in a large-scale military campaign waged by the Syrian army with Russian firepower that regained eastern Ghouta, a rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

The Trump administration is set to roll out new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for aiding Syrian leader Bashar Assad, said the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday.

Those assertions have been denounced as lies by Western officials.

"The American films have shown since the 1990s that Russian-made weapons are 'backward.' However, today we can see who is really lagging behind", Assad said of the Russian response to the attack.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley responded, saying she'd spoken with Trump hours earlier and he'd told her, "If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". A unusual smell lingered, nine days after the attack.

As the president addressed the nation at 9 p.m. Washington time, a barrage of 105 USA, United Kingdom and French missiles converged on Syria.

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"The Syrian regime has reportedly been attempting to hide the evidence by searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not being smuggled from this area".

He notes that Russian Federation in the past refrained from providing Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missile systems on Western prodding but could reconsider it now.

The weapons also included French SCALP-EG cruise missiles and British Storm Shadow standoff missiles launched by Tornado and Typhoon jets.

He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

Trump faced criticism for using the term Saturday on social media, with critics noting that it echoed former President George W. Bush's declaration shortly after the USA invasion of Iraq in May 2003, and that the Iraq War continued for eight years.

That may be a phrase Trump, like Bush, learns to regret.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. The country remains a melange of foreign forces, militias and terrorist groups.

Less than three months after Trump took office, the US assessed that Assad had again used chemical weapons to kill Syrians.

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Putin: Further Western strikes on Syria will lead to chaos -agencies