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US' Haley rules out one-on-one talks with Syria's Assad

16 April 2018

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished, '" he wrote.

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the legal basis used to support the British role was debatable, adding that he would only support action backed by the UN Security Council.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on Sunday said that more sanctions against Russian Federation are coming this week, as early as Monday.

"We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons". Users on Twitter couldn't help but draw a parallel to President George W. Bush, who announced the end of major combat operations on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in 2003. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. Are we staying there now to topple Assad, to counter Iran, to check Russian Federation, to help the Kurds, to buttress Israel, to rebuild our relationships with Turkey? And, Hill believes this missile attack adds to the mess which includes strained relations with Russian Federation as it backs al-Assad.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7. The banner became a grim symbol of the perpetuity of war in the area and the United States' confusing involvement. Russian Federation has long backed the Assad regime and has repeatedly vetoed UN Security Council resolutions concerning chemical weapons.

Assad also declined to comment on calls by the U.S. State Department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Zheleznyak said.

Haley says the fact that Assad was making the use of chemical weapons "more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

"Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back, Assad knew that Russian Federation would cover for them at the United Nations, and Assad got reckless, and he used it in a way that was far more aggressive", she said. "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

"This is not going to solve the Syrian conflict".

"We say enough with death, enough with killing civilians", said Hani Atassi, president of the Syrian American Council chapter in Chicago.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites. "I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it".

As part of the material damage caused by the onslaught with Tomahawk cruise missiles and other types of projectiles, teaching facilities including laboratories were destroyed in the Scientific Research Center in the Barzah neighborhood of Damascus. "It does not exist anymore".

Much like US statements, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson said there are no plans to launch additional military strikes against Syria, but that his country and its allies will consider further action if Assad uses chemical weapons against his people in the future.

Hill says after this attack there needs to be a renewed effort at diplomacy. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.

"In the United States administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's Department for Non-proliferation and Arms Control.

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", she said.

Air missile fire is seen over Damascus after a US attack on Syria on April 14.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

US' Haley rules out one-on-one talks with Syria's Assad