USA strikes Syria following chemical weapons attack

USA strikes Syria following chemical weapons attack

US President stated on Twitter that a potential US attack on Syria could happen "soon or not soon at all".

"We've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis, knowing exactly. how strong the evidence is", he said.

Trump is also offering prayers for the Middle East and for the United States.

The United States launched cruise missiles at Assad's armed forces a year ago after a similar gas attack. That was the first direct American assault on Assad's forces since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", Trump said from the White House. Last weekend, he condemned the chemical attack in a tweet and warned there would be a "big price to pay".

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he hoped common sense would prevail and that the situation would stabilise.

Referring to Assad, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead".

Trump says, "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

He said that because the USA had no personnel at the site of the suspected chemical attack on Saturday, it has no hard evidence of what happened, although he personally believed it was an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons.

The attack occurred just days after John Bolton took office as Trump's national security adviser.

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The U.S. president had sharply critical words for both Russian Federation and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

Syria and its main ally, Russia, have denied that any chemical weapons were used and gave permission for the OPCW to investigate.

Macron says in a statement Saturday that France's "red line has been crossed" after a suspected chemical attack last week in the Syrian town of Douma.

The Assad regime is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks, say US officials.

Photo Vasily A. Nebenzya, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, exchanged harsh words with the American ambassador at a Security Council meeting on Friday.

The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for USA strikes.

As part of his "America First" campaign pledge, Trump had promised to remove the US from costly and prolonged foreign entanglements.

The move comes after days of warnings by the US president to the Assad regime and its supporter, the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Apparently, he failed to run it by the White House National Security team, staffers and US allies, because the White House later issued a statement explaining that a final decision had not yet been made regarding Syria.

So if a move comes from President Trump and the United States then maybe France or the United Kingdom or Germany might consider joining this alliance or whatever it is, but for now, I don't think they will make a formal coalition to move in Syria. It's an endeavor that is projected to cost at least $100 billion and take at least 10 years to complete.

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