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Trump once wanted out of Syria, but now he's drawn back in

US, UK and France launch military strikes on Syria Trump says Airstrikes on Syria Underway
Sammy Stanley | 16 Апреля, 2018, 03:41

Pentagon officials said the overnight missile strikes by the USA, the United Kingdom, and France on three key targets in Syria crippled the ability of dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime to use chemical weapons.

The strikes were carried out in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Ghouta last week.

White said the US does not seek conflict with Syria but "cannot allow such grievous violations of global law" and attacks on innocent Syrians.

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.

According to a White House assessment, the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Duma, Al-Quadri's hometown, on April 7, killing dozens of men, women and children and leaving hundreds of others injured.

At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the USA and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation".

But he says the recent Turkish invasion has been devastating and he says he and his wife were especially anxious to hear the president say he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

President Donald Trump "enforces" the red line and the USA will sustain the pressure on the war-torn nation, she said.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said. Jennifer Cafarella, the senior intelligence planner at the Institute for the Study of War, explained: "The strikes will reaffirm President Trump's commitment to deterring chemical weapons use but will not solve the Syria problem". She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.

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The bombing represents a major escalation in the West's confrontation with Assad's superpower ally Russian Federation, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday night said the assault was a "one-time shot", so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons.

The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in worldwide law.

In contrast, eight nations voted against Russian Federation - the U.S., Britain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast.

USA military officials said the air strikes took out "the heart" of Syria's chemical weapons facilities, but it remained to be seen how Syria would respond.

Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately. It was the first such close confrontation between USA forces and fighters backing Assad.

One official cautioned, however, that USA intelligence assessments indicate Assad still has chemical weapons in Syria.

Earlier Saturday, Pence held off from expressing a final judgment about whether sarin gas was deployed in the chemical weapons attack.

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