McCain: US Administration 'Partially to Blame' for Chemical Attack in Syria

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"And I don't think we should in any way diminish the risk of the situation in Syria where there is a lot of chaos on the ground", he concluded. She continued: "We know that yesterday's attack bears all the hallmarks of the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons". He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack. "Everyone must reassess the position they are in".

Despite the new tension in ties, he could attempt to use the air strike as leverage with the Putin government, a show of strength to try to persuade Moscow to rein in Assad and work toward a political solution in Syria.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reportedly said later today that Moscow would consider reactivating the memorandum with the United States on preventing air incidents in Syria.

The advisers and cabinet members present included Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, economic adviser Gary Cohn and chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Damascus has repeatedly denied possession of any chemical weapons. "Russia is a partner with the regime in killing the Syrian people".

The missiles were fired from two USA destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean. They probably warned the Syrians the attack was coming.

Two days after the U.S. launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said the departure of Assad was inevitable.

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"What America did is nothing but foolish and irresponsible behaviour, which only reveals its short-sightedness and political and military blindness to reality". Obama aides said at the time that the president wanted broad political and public support before acting after years of US military conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia. Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Friday that Russian Federation either allowed Syria to keep banned chemical agents or was being "played for fools" by Assad.

Senior administration officials have acknowledged that the targeted operation did not eliminate Assad's ability to carry out chemical attacks.

Meanwhile, people in various places of Turkey protested against Assad regime's attack.

It said it would cut the hotline that was established after Russian Federation joined Syria's civil war in 2015 to help Syrian President Bashar Assad's government against opposition groups.

The U.S. strikes "59 missiles launched from the USS Ross and USS Porter " hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S.

The U.S. assault on the airfield drew sharp condemnation from Assad as well as his patrons in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin has offered him political backing and military support.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes after he blamed Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

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Meanwhile, Russia responded by suspending communications with the USA on its military operations in the region, which could lead to accidental clashes in the airspace.

The deal was created to prevent possible military incidents between the two great powers.

Iran, another backer of the Assad regime, also condemned the USA strike. Although worldwide outrage has largely focused on the government's use of chemical weapons, monitoring groups say that its deadliest weapons are the crudely fashioned barrel bombs that continue to shatter opposition-held areas, despite a notional cease-fire that was meant to have taken hold across the country.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile Friday from the Mediterranean Sea. The absence of a prior attack on US soil, the longer-term plan of USA policy advisers to topple Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government and that government's lack of powerful global allies are all key factors that facilitated American military escalation in Iraq that are not present in Syria.

In an earlier message, Trump offered: "Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack".

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

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