U.S. "locked and loaded" for future chemical attacks by Syria

Some of the children allegedly killed by Assad’s toxic gas

Some of the children allegedly killed by Assad’s toxic gas

Stepping up the pressure on Syria's president, US Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced today would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. "Syrians feel abandoned and their future is uncertain", she said.

"I'm afraid that is the unhappy corollary of this that if we say we're limiting our action to chemical weapons. then of course it follows that the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will", Johnson told BBC television.

Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons. On May 1, 2003, six weeks after the invasion of Iraq, Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a huge banner reading "Mission Accomplished" and declared "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".

In a separate call, Trump thanked May for her support of the strikes.

It was the second time Trump has sent a war powers notification to Congress.

Haley said on Sunday to Fox News that the United States was not going to pull out its troops out of Syria until its goals in the country were accomplished.

At a Pentagon briefing on April 14, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical-weapons infrastructure" were struck.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Haley listed three aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that poses a risk to USA interests, that Islamic State is defeated, and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Friday, announcing the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

After the vote, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

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One official cautioned, however, that U.S. intelligence assessments indicate Assad still has chemical weapons in Syria. We convinced him to remain. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video: "Before we took action, the United States communicated with [Russia to] reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties". The bombing represents a major escalation in the West's confrontation with Assad's superpower ally Russian Federation, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years.

The UN Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

"The Syrian regime is claiming victory, declaring a Morning of Steadfastness, while showing pictures of Assad supporters in the streets".

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons would be instructed to report within 30 days whether President Bashar al Assad's government has fully disclosed its chemical weapons stockpile. US officials said no one was hurt there. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

"We've successfully destroyed three buildings in metropolitan Damascus, one of the most heavily defended airspace areas in the world", he added. Paris released a dossier that it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus that government forces have recaptured this year.

The "mission has not been accomplished", said Suzanne Akhras, president of the Syrian Community Network.

"There is no answer to the Assad problem just yet", said Firas Maksad, director of the Washington-based Arabia Foundation.

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