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US allies show support for strikes on Syria

US allies show support for strikes on Syria

As Oregon's representatives on Capitol Hill condemn a chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian government that killed 80 people, they're also urging President Donald Trump to consult Congress for any further military action following Thursday's US missile strike on the Middle East nation.

Friday's strike on al Shayrat airbase - which Homs governor Talal Barazi said killed seven people and wounded nine more - was a retaliation for the Syrian government's suspected role in sarin and chlorine gas casualties in the village of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said.

U.S. allies rallied around Washington after President Donald Trump launched the massive strike in retaliation for a "barbaric" chemical attack he blamed on Assad.

USA lawmakers from both parties on Friday backed President Donald Trump's cruise missile strikes on Syria, while urging him to spell out a broader strategy for dealing with the conflict. "The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, but a military response is not the answer", he said. When asked whether Russian Federation had deactivated its own anti-missile defence systems in Syria before the missile strike, Peskov declined to comment.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power because Russian Federation saved him with air power and ground forces.

Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran also condemned the USA strikes, saying they violated global law. Trump authorized the strikes following a devastating chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. It was unclear where another 36 had landed, it said, promising Syrian air defences would now be beefed up.

Hayley said both Syria and Iran should no longer use chemical weapons.

Russian Federation also has important military facilities in Syria that could be put at risk if Assad is removed from power, a goal of Western powers that had recently been put on the back burner because of the focus on fighting Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. Trump opted against congressional approval, though he had tweeted in 2013 that it would be a "big mistake" for then-President Obama if he did not pursue that course.

"Regardless, Congress must debate and authorize any escalation of US military involvement against the Syria regime, as it is well beyond the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force", he said.

He said Canada strongly condemns the "heinous" chemical weapons attacks against civilians, including children.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer shared a photo of the president on Twitter of Trump receiving a briefing from his National Security team. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called the chemical attack in Syria "a heinous act and a crime against humanity" but said "escalation without the support of Congress, the American people, and our allies would create more instability and put lives at risk".

He said the attack had succeeded in "reducing the Syrian government's ability to deliver chemical weapons" by severely damaging or destroying aircraft. At the government's Friday press conference, spokespeople for the chancellor and the Foreign Ministry refused to be drawn in on the question of whether the U.S. missile strikes themselves might not be a violation of worldwide law.

The action marked a dramatic U-turn by Mr Trump, who had previously condemned U.S. military interventions in the Middle East.

The strike was hailed as "justice" by many in Khan Sheikhoun, the site of Tuesday's deadly chemical attack, where the town is still grieving.

Washington claimed the strike was a response to an earlier alleged chemical attack in Syria's Idlib, for which the U.S. blamed the Syrian government. "Israel fully supports President Trump's decision".

In February 2015, Obama asked Congress to formally authorize war against the Islamic State, saying the militant group could threaten the U.S. homeland if left unchecked.


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