Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit
Apr 06 2017 by Joshua Bennett
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons several times during the conflict, including in a 2013 attack on the area of Ghouta, near Damascus, with the chemical agent sarin.
For now, Haley's comments are the most direct threat of unilateral action by the USA about acting on the Syria crisis - but they mark a departure from the Trump administration's more hands-off stance on Syria and may be more rhetoric than reality.
Asked how he plans to respond to the attack he blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad, Trumpsaid, "You'll see".
"More than 100 people were killed by chemical weapons in Idlib".
We had a plan and we had the support and you rejected it to protect Assad."In February, Syrian ally Russian Federation, backed by China, cast its seventh veto to protect Assad's government from council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks.Rycroft said those vetoes sent Assad a message of encouragement and Tuesday's attack was "the effect". US officials said the gas was likely chlorine, with traces of a nerve agent like sarin. Trump said disclosing military action ahead of time was a mistake the Obama administration had repeatedly made.
"All the evidence that I have seen points to the responsibility of the Assad regime", said Boris Johnson.
"Hey, the world that remains silent, the United Nations that remains silent".
Coming at the same time that Mr. Trump reversed an Obama administration ban and met in the White House with Egypt's strongman President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and gushed that he was "doing a fantastic job in a very hard situation" - for example, we suppose, by killing protesters, jailing political prisoners (including American citizens) and shutting down the free press - the president has now made clear that his America stands for nothing but an incredibly short-sighted notion of its own self interests. After all, Trump's first reaction to the attack was to blame Obama's "weakness" in earlier years for enabling Assad.
Republican Sen. John McCain was highly critical of the way Trump has handled this.
"Russia is responsible for clarifying matters, clarifying matters as soon as possible", he said.
Trump was expected to face questions on the attack Wednesday afternoon during a joint news conference with visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan.
It is unclear how, if at all, Trump will change the current strategy in Syria as a result of the attack. "These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a outcome of the past administration's weakness and irresolution", he said. A proposed Security Council resolution would condemn the use of chemical weapons and press Syria to provide immediate access for investigators to air bases where attacks involving chemical weapons may have been launched.
Dozens of innocent victim foamed at the mouth and convulsed in the streets as planes dosed their Syrian town.
Videos from the scene showed volunteer medics using fire hoses to wash the chemicals from victims' bodies.
"That strains credulity", said one United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
In 2014, the OPCW said Syria had handed over its declared stockpile of chemical weapons. But nerve agents like sarin are banned in all circumstances.
As Trump and other world leaders scrambled for a response, the USA was working to lock down details proving Assad's culpability.
USA envoy to United Nations also accused Russian Federation of failing to ensure that there were no chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government. Authorities have determined the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber originally from the central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, CNN reports. No U.S. interests would be secured or advanced by doing this.