Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

US strikes in Syria 'aggression against sovereign state' - Russia

US strikes in Syria 'aggression against sovereign state' - Russia

A US official told Fox News that the primary target was an airbase at Shayrat, outside Homs.

US defense officials told Fox the two warships have been training for the past two days to execute this mission.

President Donald Trump talks to journalists, members of the travel pool, on board of Air Force One during his trip to Palm Beach, Florida.

"The United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria".

He said Russian Federation firmly stands by the Syrian government, calling it the main force against terrorism and saying it deserves the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack.

The strike - the first direct United States action against President Bashar al-Assad and Trump's biggest military decision since taking office - marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year war. "It was a slow and brutal death for so many", he said. Even handsome babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. "No child of God should ever suffer such horror", he said.

The massive strike - US President Donald Trump's biggest military decision since taking office - marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war.

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On September 4, 2013, Trump told Obama in clear words: "What I am saying is stay out of Syria".

"President Assad bears sole responsibility for this development". Almost four years ago, former president Barack Obama threatened an attack after chemical weapons were used to kill hundreds outside the town of Damascus. Turnbull said the strikes sent "a vitally important message" that the world would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

"We need to get the State Department really beefed up so that Secretary Tillerson can have his full team to give all the options to the president as he moves forward", Cohen said.

Assad and the Russian defense ministry denied the reports alleging the Syrian government carried out the attacks, according to the New York Times. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen.

Russia's UN envoy accused the United States on Friday of violating worldwide law by carrying out military strikes in Syria. She said the findings needed to be presented in a "highly credible global fora" so they could not be disputed.

"The fact that the United States has now reacted with a strike against military sites of the Assad regime, from which this cruel war crime was perpetrated, is understandable", said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "The use of chemical weapons against innocent people will not be tolerated".

Instead, Obama opted for a plan backed by Russian Federation that was supposed to eliminate Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.

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