U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".
The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago. The Russian vetoes have been one of the main irritants in strained relations between Washington and Moscow, with Western diplomats accusing Russia of trying to protect the Assad government. "To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region".
"Many were excited there is finally something happening, that the (Syrian President Bashar) Assad regime will see some consequences, but other people were quite anxious about civilian casualties, further destruction of Syria", Khatib said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the USA had taken decisive action in coordination with its allies.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the attack a crime and the Western leaders criminals, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all Security Council members to use restraint, but said charges of chemical weapons use demand investigation. "There should be no doubt that Russian Federation and Iran have blood on their hands, and their partnership with Assad reveals the true nature of their regimes".
Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels. "President Trump is not a king".
"We assess that both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack", the official said.
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The UN Security Council has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the alleged use of chemical weapons. His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq.
"Trudeau is not acting because the Canadian public doesn't know what is happening in Syria", she said. He added that the Congress must have a full role in reviewing and approving the strategy.
Donald Trump attempted to defend his use of the phrase "mission accomplished" in reference to Friday's US-led military strikes in Syria. Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said Trump has just conducted another set of unconstitutional strikes. "Only Congress not the White House has the power to declare war", she said.
Capt. Adulsalam Abdulrazek, a former officer in Syria's chemical program, said the overnight strikes probably hit "parts of, but not the heart" of the operation. We were not looking for war.
Mekdad declined to comment to reporters waiting outside the hotel where the meeting took place.
"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve U.S. objectives in the Middle East", he said.
The monitoring group said the source of the blast on April 14 was not immediately clear and could have been caused by an air strike or an incident. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said.