Nikki Haley: US 'Locked and Loaded' If Syria Uses Chemical Weapons Again

Nikki Haley: US 'Locked and Loaded' If Syria Uses Chemical Weapons Again

Nikki Haley: US 'Locked and Loaded' If Syria Uses Chemical Weapons Again

Adulsalam Abdulrazek said Saturday that the joint strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

He told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Lima that the the operation "significantly degraded" and "crippled" Syrian chemical weapons capabilities and that the attack "brought about an extraordinary success".

"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air".

"Surely, 100 percent, they'll not find anything", Fayez said. Syria has no chemical arsenal and has rejected any role in the suspected gas attack. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack. It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there April 7, which activists say killed more than 40 people and led to Saturday's airstrikes by the West. The vessels were located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

The U.S. coordinated the attacks this year with the United Kingdom and France.

Pentagon officials anxious that the airstrikes might lead to an accidental release of toxic chemical agents.

The White House and Pentagon, a year ago and now, have not clearly outlined the US mission and strategy in Syria, as many reporters have pointed out, then and now. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical-weapons program.

Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Trump said in his remarks to the nation, announcing the operation.

Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

This time around, the president worked closely with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking with them both throughout the week by phone. Damascus is still permitted to have chlorine for civilian use, although its use as a weapon is banned.

The decision to strike Syria Friday night marked President Trump's second order to attack targets in the country. "Sarin gas is one of the banned war weapons according to global treaties but the Assad regime has been killing people over the past seven years using all kinds of weapons". Mattis estimated the latest air campaign was about twice the size of the 2017 strike.

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.

Russia's ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzia, said the three Western powers had carried out "aggression against a sovereign state, which is on the front lines of the fight against terrorism", without proof that chemical weapons had been used, much less by forces overseen by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia's ally.

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