Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Ambassador Haley: US will stay in Syria until it secures goals

Ambassador Haley: US will stay in Syria until it secures goals

A team of chemical experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, arrived in Damascus hours after the strikes.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night that the US military, in conjunction with British and French forces, had targeted three sites - a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a storage facility and command post also near Homs. "He now dictates his life", she said.

While some of the protestors came out in support of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime, many others were opposed to the use of military action by Western powers against Syria. "I didn't see you raising your voice against President Obama's inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria".

President Trump on Saturday hailed the strikes and thanked USA allies for joining in the campaign.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.

Washington, Paris and London have all described the strikes as a success, but Johnson acknowledged he did not know whether Assad could still possess chemical weapons and activity in Syria would be monitored on a daily basis. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to us", she added.

Several U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was not a priority for the administration to push out Assad, who has survived with massive aid from Iran and Russian Federation.

"I think it is very hard to say mission accomplished if the mission is to deter the use of chemical weapons", Sen. Haley stressed the USA was "not looking for war" and "not looking to kill people".

At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, Russia's envoy, Vassily Nebenzia, criticised the USA and its allies for not waiting for the OPCW team to carry out its investigation. -Russian relations are at a low point.

He said: "So far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish to launch another chemical weapons attack", adding that Britain and its allies "would study what the options were" in the event of another attack.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends the BBC's Marr Show in London, Apr. 15, 2018.

US, French and British missiles destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities, but the buildings were mostly empty and the Western trio swiftly reverted to its diplomatic efforts.

The action was in response to a recent deadly attack in the town of Douma.

The U.N. Security Council has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and the use of chemical weapons.

Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past U.S. reprisals, and the chemical itself is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say. But late Saturday, senior administration officials called the evidence "incontrovertible".

Russian President Vladimir Putin also called for an immediate emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the US, UK, and France.

Several large explosions have been heard in the Syrian capital Damascus.

· Russian Federation reported that the Syrian air defense systems intercepted around 70 of the missiles that had been fired towards the targets in Syria but the USA chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford said he was aware of no initial losses.

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