U.S. airstrikes on Syria risk becoming 'historical footnote' without wider strategy

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"If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday. "Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday if he hasn't already, and they will be going directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and chemical weapons use".

U.S. military officials said that last week's air strikes took out "the heart" of Syria's chemical weapons facilities, but it remains to be seen how Syria might respond. "We wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well". French President Emmanuel Macron said that "at least" chlorine was used, and U.S. officials have briefed they think sarin was in the chemical mix.

"There is no proposal on the table at the moment for further attacks because so far thank heavens the Assad regime have not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. The US, UK and France have all claimed that chemical weapons were used in Douma and that Assad's regime was to blame.

"Were not going to leave until we know we have accomplished [U.S. goals]", she continued.

He also said that despite Syria's commitment in 2013 to destroying its chemical arsenal - and Russia's promise to supervise to it - "the Assad Regime and Russian Federation has made a complete mockery of that pledge".

No doubt, the main message - that chemical weapons use must be punished - came through, and might even be a deterrent in future, though how strong that effect would be remains to be seen. Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past United States reprisals and is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say. "I guess it feels good because there are awful things happening there", Ingraham said on Friday. The attack last week killed dozens of people including children. "This was not muscle flexing".

Unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad chooses to try and take more territory, the spate of killing could slow in the months ahead.

"More bombings and the continued presence of 2,000 US troops in northeast Syria. would undoubtedly prolong the war and the suffering of Syria's people", Glass told USA TODAY.

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After the middle-of-the-night attack on Syria, some us 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 USA had successfully completed its military attack on Iraq. "They went out to destroy critical chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria, and they did exactly that".

Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.

The action, she added, came after diplomatic options had been exhausted.

Red-state Democrats running for Senate in 2018 cautiously backed President Donald Trump's decision to approve targeted strikes in Syria.

Khatib said she doesn't believe most Canadians are aware of the true scale of the human rights atrocities that are striking her home country.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", the French leader added. If the President intends further action, I trust Congress will take up its Constitutional war-making responsibilities.

Sen. Tim Kaine, also appearing on "Face the Nation", slammed the air strikes as illegal and reckless without approval from Congress.

"There was no chemical attack in Douma 10 days ago, all these allegations are nothing to do with the truth", Mr Sabbagh says.

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