U.S. 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished!' After Airstrikes In Syria

Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished!' After Airstrikes In Syria

"I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded, '" U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at an emergency Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation, the Syrian government's most powerful ally. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

British and French officials also praised the operation, arguing Western intervention was needed to deter President Bashar al-Assad's government from using chemical weapons in the future.

And, Syrians danced in the street as a show of defiance against the United States.

That same day, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) revisited Trump's old tweets, in which he chastised former President Barack Obama for ordering airstrikes on Syria without congressional approval, after Trump did the exact same thing.

"The United States estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times". "And they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use". While American special forces have fought alongside the Kurds in driving the ISIS terrorist militia out of Syria's northern provinces, Bowen said the Kurds have in recent months themselves been attacked by soldiers and militias backed by Turkey, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Faysal Itani, a scholar at the Atlantic Council, said that even if the US -led strikes prevented new chemical attacks, it would not change Assad's larger strategy or halt his conventional assaults on rebel-held areas.

Worldwide investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and were due to start their inquiry on Saturday into the suspected toxic gas attack.

"Last year, President Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line". Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately.

She wrote: "Syria's use of chemical weapons is sickening but the question the PM has not answered is how this action, taken without parliamentary approval, will halt their use or bring long-term peace".

It further deplored the muted response from certain Islamic countries to the attack, saying the Muslims states that have refused to condemn the strike or have even expressed satisfaction with that crime "will have no answer before the Islamic community and history, and will be hated by Syrian people more than before".

"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme". She says the US was confident that they had "significantly degraded his ability to use chemical weapons ever again".

In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

The statement said "a significant number" of missiles were shot down by Syrian air defences.

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