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Russian Federation to Suspend Syria Airspace Deal With US

Russian Federation to Suspend Syria Airspace Deal With US

EN_Saturday_Columns_3-20170401-WCE36http://www.rcinet.ca/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/04/Kyle-Matthews-Syria-chemicals-ed1_6877464_2017-04-07T17-43-38.000.mp3U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017.

In Washington, Republican leaders applauded Trump's actions, despite the president launching the strike without congressional authorization.

Dozens of Syrian students have gathered outside the offices of the United Nations in the Syrian capital Damascus to protest a US missile attack on an air base.

Shortly after the regime's chemical attack, a small, unmanned aerial vehicle - "either [Syrian] regime or Russian" - was seen over the local hospital as victims were being rushed there for care, an official said.

At the United Nations, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.

With the help of a translator, the couple expressed their pain as they watched the Assad regime carry out unthinkable attacks on civilians in their home country.

Some lawmakers say Mr Trump did not need permission for such limited military action.

"We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary, " Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. "The world is waiting for Russian Federation to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad".

The Constitution says Congress has the power to declare war, but throughout the past 70 years or so, presidents have adopted a flexible view of their own constitutional role as commander-in-chief in order to engage in military action without congressional approval. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is investigating the attack, but has yet to reach a conclusion.

The strikes -59 missiles launched from the USS Ross and USS Porter - hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where US officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off.

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But after at least 86 people including women and children were killed in an apparent Sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town, the president emphatically reversed his own policy. After months of allegations of ties between his election campaign and the Kremlin - the subject of current congressional and FBI investigations - Trump has found himself clashing with Putin. McMaster added that the level of confidence among USA officials has only grown since the Tuesday attack, pointing specifically to evidence gleaned from the victims of the attack.

"We can't pour resources and risk the lives of our troops in a new military conflict without a clear, comprehensive strategy and full consideration of the long-term ramifications", Rep. Elizabeth Esty said in a written statement. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

The impact of the strikes was also unclear.

President Barack Obama said it did not require Congressional permission because USA forces were merely supporting an global coalition.

China, which normally votes with Russian Federation in the council on matters relating to Syria, did not overtly criticize the US strike, perhaps because President Xi Jinping is now meeting with President Donald Trump in Florida.

The U.S. was not tracking the airfield as an active chemical site, an official said, but the military did take precautions not to hit anything that could possibly lead to the inadvertent release of chemical munitions or chemical substances.

BEIRUT-Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the US missile attack on an airbase as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar Assad from power. Other damage includes the destruction of surface-to-air missile systems, and the destruction or damage of targeted hangars, an official pointed out.

European and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies offered their support following the USA strike, as did Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who also support the Syrian opposition.

The U.S. military action is meant to "deter the regime from using chemical weapons and so the proportionality is measured against that outcome", an official said.


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