U.S. 'locked and loaded' to strike Syria again if new attack

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

The U.S. strikes likely successfully degraded Syrian chemical weapons capabilities. They were very effective.

"We consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said following the US-led airstrikes. "So it was a mission accomplished".

While the Pentagon claimed the missile barrage hit their targets and would cripple Assad's ability to develop, produce or deploy chemical or biological weapons, the long-term effect was less clear.

Her remarks came a day after the US and its allies conducted joint strikes against the Assad regime in response to a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed over 70 civilians.

She said: "I spoke to the president this morning and he said, "if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

She had said earlier this week that Germany would not join allied military action against Syrian government forces.

Le Drian said the information proved the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in an attack on April 7.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage.

The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain defended the strikes as justified by evidence of a chemical attack.

The Syrian president's high spirits were matched by displays of jubilation in Damascus, where government supporters took to the streets on Saturday to demonstrate their backing for Assad and express scorn for the strikes.

A USA official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria.

The allied attack set off a fierce worldwide debate about whether it was justified.

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A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected.

The UN Security Council has rejected a resolution tabled by Russian Federation calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria. It might seem Washington struck just to save face. It is about ISIS and deterring Assad's use of chemical weapons.

"When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it is going to come down somewhere", McKenzie said.

Later Sunday, Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation " that the USA will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons.

The Barzeh Research and Development Center, according to the Pentagon briefing, is located in the greater Damascus area. McKenzie said the US military deployed 76 missiles and destroyed that facility.

"These three targets seemed to hit the sweet spot and do that", McKenzie said. Thus, this attack looks much more like it was meant only to degrade Syrian chemical weapons themselves. It was the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing Assad. He's grateful, however, that no civilians were targeted.

"Israel's support remains unchanged", he added.

China said it was "opposed to the use of force" in global relations.

Mrs Merkel said the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the worldwide rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

But the war in Iraq raged on for more than eight years after Bush made the statement. It is not about regime change.

June 6, 2017: USA airstrikes hit pro-Syrian government forces who approached a camp in southern Syria where US-backed Syrian forces and U.S. advisers were training as part of the anti-Islamic State effort.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

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