Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Former US ambassador to Syria predicts more chemical attacks

Former US ambassador to Syria predicts more chemical attacks

However, Russia and Iran have vehemently opposed the US intervention as the two closest allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He was referring to the Kremlin's failure to prevent the Assad government from allegedly conducting a poison gas attack that killed scores of people in rebel-held Idlib province.

Experts said the US military strike could complicate Tillerson's diplomatic mission to Moscow, and that an escalation of tensions between the USA and Russian Federation over the future of Assad also is possible. In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson said Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

He said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

Britain's Johnson, who had been due to visit Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow ahead of Monday's G-7 meeting, canceled the trip at the last minute, saying the chemical attack had "changed the situation fundamentally".

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson also sounded off about the missile strike, although he was more critical of Congress than the president. "No child of God should ever suffer such horror'".

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".

Turkey: Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey welcomed the airstrikes as a "positive response to the Assad regime's war crimes".

In Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US missile strike was a "a strategic error, and a repeat of the mistakes of the past", the state news agency IRNA reported. In Florida with the president, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said additional economic sanctions on Syria were being prepared.

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Discussing the round of missile strikes, Mr Johnson told The Sun newspaper: "Crucially - they could do so again".

There's only about one certainty in all of this - as United States warships steam ahead toward North Korea, President Putin may well be ruing the Kremlin's alleged involvement in getting Trump elected.

Florida's Democratic Senator Bill Nelson offered his support of the President's decision in a tweet.

Sen. Lindsay Graham is called for as many as 6,000 more USA troops to fight the Islamic State group.

In a statement issued after a telephone conversation with Candian prime minister Justin Trudeau, UK prime minister Theresa May said there needed to be a "political solution" to the Syrian crisis. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Some accuse Moscow of applying a "scorched-earth policy" that targets hospitals, schools and residential areas more than frontlines to break the resolve of the anti-Assad insurgency.

"The reason you don't generally hit runways is that they are easy and low-cost to quickly fix (fill in and top)!", he said.

Xi was informed of that strikes at the conclusion of his meal with Trump, the White House said Friday. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

Johnson expressed his support to the United States on Friday after it fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria.

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