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Syria strikes spark opposition in the West

17 April 2018

Members of the Trump administration, including USA defence secretary Jim Mattis, suggested that the focus of the strike had to be narrowed down to chemical weapon sites to minimise civilian casualties and avoid an escalation with Mr Assad's backers, Iran and Russian Federation.

Trump had said: "Mission accomplished" on Twitter after the strikes, although US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged elements of the program remained and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future. While the Russians continue to support these heinous war crimes, the Syrian regime continues to violate its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The ministry reported that a total of 103 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired, 71 of them were shot down by Syria's air defense units.

"This was not geared towards weakening Assad's conventional military capabilities", said Kamran Bokhari, a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy in Washington.

Iraq's foreign ministry warned that the strikes against Syria marked "a very risky development". Analysts and diplomats said the strike was unlikely to shake Assad's hold on power or change the trajectory of the conflict. "Trump did it to save face".

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes.

"There is the need to give a push to the United Nations -led process", Mogherini said.

Bombing Syria was in Britain's national interest and has had strong worldwide support, Theresa May will insist as she tells Parliament why she ordered the attack. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. Trump hailed the strikes as a major success for the West.

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"We say enough with death, enough with killing civilians", said Hani Atassi, president of the Syrian American Council chapter in Chicago.

Damascus and its ally Moscow say the allegations of a chemical attack are "fabrications".

"Our worst apprehensions have come true".

In the US the reception seems to have been positive. "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added, an apparent reference to Trump's mention of President Vladimir Putin in his speech.

Putin denounced the strikes on Saturday "with the utmost firmness", describing them as "an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism". The attack took place without even that assessment.

In the Fox interview, Haley said that "Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back", adding that the Syrian leader "got reckless" in the suspected chemical attack last week in the Damascus suburb of Duma.

Under the UN Charter, states can use force against other states only for self-defense or when authorized by the UN Security Council. Speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, Macron stressed that the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side and to the United States on the other side.

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While House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that "one night of airstrikes is no substitute for a coherent stragegy".

The sanctions are the latest effort by the United States to punish the Assad regime and its allies for a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians two weeks ago.

"We of course know our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish as to launch another chemical weapons attack", he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.

The bombings, hailed by US President Donald Trump as a success but denounced by Damascus and its allies as an act of aggression, marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation.

May will address Parliament - where she doesn't have a majority - next week.

Meanwhile, Trump on April 15 informed Congress in writing of his decision to order US missile strikes against Syria.

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Syria strikes spark opposition in the West