After the US and allies sent 105 missiles to three Syrian sites that the Pentagon says were used to research, develop and store chemical weapons, one East Tennessean says the attacks are welcome by many Syrians, but that USA forces are not the key to peace in the Syria.
After last weekend's attack, some USA officials advocated a larger strike than the limited action Trump ordered in April 2017, also in response to suspected chemical-weapons use. Last year's chemical weapons attack killed dozens civilians, as did this one.
A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it appeared that almost all the Syrian surface-to-air defenses were fired after the allied missiles hit their targets.
The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted. Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack, but the United States remains adamant.
Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday.
The Pentagon released photographic evidence of the bombed Barza facility in Syria's capital city of Damascus.
A U.S. official told Reuters the strikes were aimed at multiple targets and involved Tomahawk cruise missiles as Syrian state TV said the army's air defences were confronting the attack.
Also, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Wednesday that his country would respond to any U.S. missiles fired at Syria by shooting them down and targeting their launch sites. The subject will be at the top of the agenda when French President Emmanuel Macron comes to Washington for a state visit in late April.
Jawad Abu Hamzah, a journalist working with Al Jazeera in Nawa area in southern Syria, echoes Al Siofi's criticism.
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"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.
The White House has given no timeline on any potential strategy to remove the roughly 2,000 USA troops in Syria.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the US, UK and France's warplanes and warships carried out a missile strike over Syria's military and civil infrastructural facilities from 03:42 Moscow time to 05:10.
In Douma, site of the suspected gas attack, the last buses were due on Saturday to transport out rebels and their families who agreed to surrender the town, state TV reported. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said. Nine SCALP missiles were fired at what the Pentagon said was a chemical weapons storage complex at Hims-Shinshar, along with two SCALPS, nine Tomahawks and eight Storm Shadows. They come from nerve agents. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump wrote.
Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack. Obama in 2012 stated, "We have been very clear to the Assad regime-but also to other players on the ground-that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized".
"As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home", Trump said.
Meanwhile, NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance back the airstrikes on Syria as a outcome of the country conducting a suspected chemical attack against its civilians last weekend.
"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", Mr. Trump said Friday night. The strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.