Trump Vs. Obama: How the Presidents Responded to Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

Trump Vs. Obama: How the Presidents Responded to Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

The cruiser USS Monterey fired 30 Tomahawks and the destroyer USS Laboon fired seven Tomahawks from the Red Sea.

The United States, Britain, and France, conducted "precision strikes" on Syria on Friday, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed dozens in the rebel-held town of Douma. The airstrikes, she insisted, also do not represent a change in USA policy.

America's war in Iraq dragged on for eight more painful years, and the phrase haunted Bush as a symbol of the misjudgments and mistakes in a conflict that left 4,400 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead. "This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

The Russian military said its air defenses at two bases in Syria tracked the incoming missiles but didn't engage them.

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.

But Dr Basirini said he did not expect it to make a real difference.

Russia had promised to respond to any attack on its ally, but the Pentagon said no Russian air defence systems were used. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

The sites included the Barzah Research and Development Center near Damascus and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons complex near Homs. But while more targets were hit and more missiles fired this time around, it won't alter the fundamental dynamics of the grinding, seven-year-long conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead, nearly all as a result of nonchemical weapons of war. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

The attack hit a site in Masyaf, about 170km north of Damascus, army depots in the eastern Qalamoun region northeast of the capital, the Kisweh area south of Damascus, and a site in the Qasyoun hills overlooking the capital. British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Whether or not that happens is up to Syria and also Russian Federation, the officials said.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday night that the United States was expecting a disinformation campaign by those aligned with the Assad regime. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the United Kingdom and France had joined in the attack.

The joint strikes were a "flagrant and undeniable crime" by the three countries and proved "their disgraceful defeat in supporting Takfiri terrorists" and saving them, it added.

The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas was also used.

"Last year, the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday.

At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the US and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation". He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

Russian Ambassador to the USA Anatoly Antonov posted an explosive online statement that claimed Russia was being "threatened".

The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker.

Officials at the Pentagon notably would not set a bar for what would constitute further military action, nor did they directly respond to how the U.S. might respond if Russian Federation or Iran made good on their threats to engage in retaliatory strikes.

Haley warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" if any new chemical attack was carried out in Syria.

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