"President Assad was in absolutely positive spirits".
"If this is it, Assad should be relieved", Randa Slim, an expert with the Washington-based Middle East Institute, wrote on Twitter. Trump suggested Friday's action will be more robust than last year's one-off.
MONTREAL-Syrian Canadians expressed a range of reactions to the recent US -led airstrikes against Syria's government, with some denouncing foreign aggression and others calling for even stronger action to end the conflict that has devastated the country. But like it or not, Assad is winning the war in Syria. His allies have questioned the rationale of a victor needing to resort to chemical weapons that bring global condemnation and risk punitive action.
Were they to see the images she sees of bloodshed, torture and bodies being pulled from the rubble, she believes Canadians would rise up and demand action, as they did in 2015 when a photograph of a lifeless Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach prompted an outpouring of humanitarian action.
Both countries have dismissed the reports of the alleged gas attack as bogus, accusing Washington of using it as a pretext for the strikes.
Assad's chemical weapons capabilities and exactly what was hit Saturday remain shrouded in mystery. "Yesterday we saw the American aggression, and we were able to counter it with Soviet missiles manufactured in the 1970s", Assad said, Russian media reported.
Western powers blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Syria and its ally Russian Federation categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action.
The government certainly had enough advance notice.
Air missile fire is seen over Damascus after a US attack on Syria on April 14.
Addressing told the council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme. "He spoke highly of Russian weapons, which turned out to be superior to the aggressors' weapons", Zheleznyak said.
"Tonight's air strikes are not a long term plan to resolve the Syrian crisis, and they will do little to stop a dictator like Assad from repeating his crimes against humanity", she said. The attack last week killed dozens of people including children.
Mekdad declined to comment to reporters waiting outside the hotel where the meeting took place.
He said there were an estimated 50 warehouses storing chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.
IHS Jane's expert Karl Dewey, said the scientific research facility on the northeastern edge of Damascus is thought to have integrated chemical payloads onto artillery.
The US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles against Syria on Saturday, targeting three sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons programme. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons". "Politics and peace negotiations has to always overcome".
McCain said the message to Assad must be that the cost of using chemical weapons is worse than any perceived benefit.
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat and Bevin foe, called the governor's comments "morally reprehensible". On Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers said he would hate it if Bevin's comments "marred" his accomplishments.