Post-mortems show sarin gas used against Syrian town, Turkey says
- Author: Lila Blake Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 1:12
Trump's revulsion for the use of chemical weapons against Syrian children was clearly heartfelt, and his ordering of a cruise missile attack on the Syrian government air base that the USA government believes it was launched from appears to have been motivated, at least in part, by a sense of moral outrage. The inclusion of the countries is important because the USA strategy for Syria involves enlisting help from Middle East nations to ensure security and stability in Syria after ISIS is defeated.
USA warships on Friday fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a central Syrian air base from which Washington believes government jets launched a chemical attack that killed at least 87 civilians.
"The United States should revoke authorisations and re-impose sanctions on Iranian airlines found guilty of such support, and should bar U.S. companies from selling aircraft to Iran until the Iranian regime ceases using commercial airliners for illicit military purposes", the letter said.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow for potentially hard talks with his Russian counterpart, amid acrimony over a chemical attack on civilians and subsequent US strike on a Syrian airbase. What we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions.
Tillerson then said that he looks forward to open, candid and frank exchange during his meeting with Lavrov in Moscow.
In 2014, the administration celebrated its landmark accomplishment of removing Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile without military strikes.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano says Russian Federation must not be "pushed into a corner" over Syria, as the Group of Seven ignored calls by Britain and the USA for new sanctions on Moscow over its support of President Bashar Assad.
Foreign ministers from France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will join Mr Tillerson for talks on how to sever the close ties between Syria's Bashar al Assad and Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Senior administration officials "suggested that the attack may have been motivated by rebel gains in the surrounding area, as rebel forces approached a strategic Syrian air base", NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Trump used the same argument in December, when the intelligence community issued its official assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the US election.
What's the US' next move? Jabbing at US credibility, the Russian leader reminded reporters about unfounded USA claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, used to justify America's 2003 invasion. As he laid a wreath, he alluded to the Syria chemical attack.
The decision to carry out strikes against the regime and the change in tone from Haley follows Trump's comments that the chemical attack "crossed a lot of lines for me".
The U.S. strikes drew support from other Western leaders who have been uncertain what to make of Trump's foreign policy. But he said Trump now needed to work with Congress to set a future course. And unless such a reconstruction effort occurs, Moscow (along with Tehran) will be hard pressed to keep Syria pacified (assuming they can manage it in the first place).
Officials are hoping the moment of unity can be leveraged to bring a new diplomatic push to end the six-year-old civil war in Syria.
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agreed.
The G-7 has called for an independent global investigation into last week's chemical attack in Syria, and Johnson says depending on what it finds "those responsible for unleashing those chemical weapons" could face sanctions - including Russian officers.
Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress. Trudeau made the comments while visiting the Second World War site of Juno Beach, where he said the global community not to repeat the "terrible mistakes" of the past. U.S. officials say the chemical weapons were stored there.