Syrian Missile Strike – reactions

CNN: Live updates and Key things to know about the airstrikes

  • THE STRIKE: US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield. The map below shows the location.
  • THE MESSAGE: Ambassador Nikki Haley told the United Nations moments ago that the strike was a “measured response” and the US is “prepared to do more.”
  • RUSSIA: Putin said the strike was a “significant blow” to Russian-US relations.
  • US RESPONSE: Many US lawmakers voiced support for Trump’s decision. They want him to talk to Congress about next steps.

After dinner was over, Trump told China’s President about the airstrikes

Summary of reactions (from Geeza ex Aljazeera):


World and regional leaders and countries were quick to react to the news.

*Russia

…which has been bombing rebel-held areas in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015, condemned the strikes, saying Washington’s action would “inflict major damage on US-Russia ties”, according to Russian news agencies.

In its first public response to the attack, the Kremlin labelled the US move as “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law”.
“Washington’s step will inflict major damage on US-Russia ties,” Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was quoted as saying.

*Saudi Arabia

…said it “fully supports” the strikes, adding that it was a “courageous decision” by President Donald Trump in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in northwestern Syria

“A responsible source at the foreign ministry expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s full support for the American military operations on military targets in Syria, which came as a response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians,” a statement carried by state news agency SPA said.

The statement said it holds the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the deaths of dozens of civilians in in Khan Sheikhoun.

*Iran…

…also an Assad ally, said it strongly condemned the missile strikes against the Syrian army’s Shayrat air base.

“Iran strongly condemns any such unilateral strikes … such measures will strengthen terrorists in Syria … and it will complicate the situation in Syria and the region,” ISNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman  Bahram Qasemi as saying.

*Turkey…

…which hosts three million Syrian refugees, said it views the US missile strikes positively and called for the establishment of a no-fly zone, as well as safe zones, in Syria.

“What happened in Idlib on Tuesday proved again that the bloody Assad regime show complete disregard for the prospect of a political transition and efforts to enforce the ceasefire,” read a statement by presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

“The destruction of Sharyat airbase marks an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished.”

*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

…said he supports the “strong and clear message” 😎 sent by the US strikes.

The Israeli military said it had been informed in advance of the attack. 🤔

“In both word and action, President (Donald) Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

“Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”

*Britain…

…said the US action was an appropriate response to the “barbaric chemical weapons attack” launched by the Syrian government, according to a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May.

*Italy also gave its support, saying it was a suitable response to Syrian aggression.
The strike was “a commensurate response … and a signal of deterrence against the risks of further use of chemical weapons by Assad”, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement.

*Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

… also weighed in, saying that he supported the strike, calling it a “proportionate and calibrated response”.

In a televised statement, he also called on Russia to play its part in bringing peace to Syria.

*Bolivia…

…  has requested the UN Security Council hold closed-door consultations on Friday about the missile strikes, a senior Security Council diplomat said.

Source: Aljazeera.

Also Russia apparently says only 23 of the 59 cruise missiles actually hit their targets?

And that they are boosting their air defences in Syria.


Missy reports:

The Security Council are currently holding an emergency meeting on Syria.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has just spoken as says that the US will do it again if necessary.

Key quotes from her speech:

“The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more. But we hope that will not be necessary.”

“Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. He thought he could get away with it, because he knew Russia had its back.”

“The moral stain could no longer be unanswered. His crimes against humanity could no longer be ignored.”

“The US will no longer wait for Assad to use weapons with no consequences. Those days are over.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/07/us-strikes-syria-tensions-rise-russia-warns-damage-ties-washington/


Apparently the Pentagon are looking into whether Russia was involved in the Syrian Chemical Weapons attack.

Senior officials are reported as saying a drone from either Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the CW attack.

They also allege that a hospital bombed shortly after was to cover up the attack.

From the Telegraph:

“Pentagon probes Russian involvement in chemical attack
A potentially game-changing development, just in from Associated Press:

Senior military officials say the US is looking into whether Russia participated in Syria’s chemical weapons attack.

The officials say Russia has failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.

They say a drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was bombed.

The officials say they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the attack.

The officials weren’t authorised to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. They say they’re still reviewing evidence.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/07/us-strikes-syria-tensions-rise-russia-warns-damage-ties-washington/

31 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  April 8, 2017

    4 children 9 civilians and 6 soldiers killed,at $60-80000000 cost,is this the art of the deal Donald? Judge and jury….

  2. Missy

     /  April 8, 2017

    Whilst some in the world revile Trump, he is being hailed a champion in Syria.

    One Syrian said: “Maybe you in the West hate Trump, but he has already done far more for us than Obama”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/07/syrians-hail-donald-trump-new-champion-abu-ivanka-al-amriki/

    • Hailed by one Syrian. Perhaps we should wait to see how many Syrians survive the consequences, and how many of the survivors hail Trump.

      It may be a brilliant action that turns around the Syrian mess. But the odds are poor.

      • Missy

         /  April 8, 2017

        If you read the article Pete you will see it is more than one. I just quoted one Syrian, but more are quoted in the article.

      • Missy

         /  April 8, 2017

        I know you dislike Trump, but try not to let your personal thoughts get in the way of acknowledging how some see him.

        Read the article before commenting.

  3. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2017

    Aljaz tv (Penelope Barr in the presenter’s chair now – also well worth a second look ❤️) showing military analyst reviewing struck base base footage.

    Noted Russia claims not all missiles hit their targets…yesterday they said only 23 hit the base.
    Destroyed Hangars are all empty – suggesting Syrians may have had time to remove aircraft before the strike.
    Cruise missiles used are low flying subsonic jobbies so it is actually possible some were intercepted
    At least 2 SA-6 loaded missile units visible, clearly not struck, these would have been priority targets so this is interesting.
    Buildings & cratering shown so far do not add up to 59 hits.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2017

      0732 hours

    • Missy

       /  April 8, 2017

      Penelope Barr… another of the Kiwi posse at Aljaz. Didn’t realise she was there now.

      I have seen reports the Syrians are claiming they had advanced warning, so this begs the question, if the US gave the Russians a heads up did the Russians then warn the Syrians? I would be inclined to think yes.

      • Gezza

         /  April 8, 2017

        Sometimes they stand up at the start against large tv screens. She & Maryam both have legs up to their neck. I don’t agree with the Colonel’s intel assessment of yesterday they are anti-Western propagandists financed by the Russians.Aljaz is decidedly anti-Assad & pro West in their coversge. They just report the news, though they do like to show Trumpy’s woes. I don’t know where Bj’s getting his intel from but if it’s Alex Jones or Fox News I wouldn’t trust it.

        • Gezza

           /  April 8, 2017

          Mind you, Bj was talking about Al Jezaria, so he may be monitoring a different channel? Hopefully he will clarify today.

        • Missy

           /  April 8, 2017

          Careful G, you could be labelled sexist for those comments about the ladies. 😉

          Personally they are the type of woman I don’t like – make me feel a bit like a midget – I work with one like that, (I am not serious of course). 🙂

          • Gezza

             /  April 8, 2017

            Not all – simply a description from a keen-eyed observer. They also often have more compact presenters who are equally worthy of description, but I’ll stop here to avoid any misunderstandings. I can describe a couple of male presenters if you would to see some balance?

            • Missy

               /  April 8, 2017

              I didn’t say I thought they were sexist, but some feminist with easily hurt feelings might.

              Just looking out for you G. 😉

              As a ‘compact’ person myself I can imagine the description 😀

              As for the male presenters, I seem to recall Karl Santamaria works for them, and I remember quite well what he looks like 😉 I will admit I have always had a soft spot for him since his TV3 days.

            • Missy

               /  April 8, 2017

              Stupid Auto Correct, I mean Kamahl Santamaria – not sure why it changed to Karl, must have inadvertently hit an ‘r’.

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2017

              For heaven’s don’t mention soft spots. Patu will probably be around later & I shudder to think of the memes he might produce.

            • Missy

               /  April 8, 2017

              I will be in bed by then G, I won’t see them. 🙂

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2017

              Oh God. That one could make things worse 😬

            • patupaiarehe

               /  April 8, 2017


              I see what you mean, Missy 😉
              As for ‘soft spots’ G, I shan’t be memeing on that particular subject, lest my sentence of ‘automod’ be increased to a ban 😀

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2017

      Yes I forgot to say, that military analyst Aljaz had on their broadcast said that from the aerial footage shown the runway did not appear to have been damaged. Are the Americans saying all their missiles hit their targets?

      • David

         /  April 8, 2017

        Runways are easy to repair, Even after a serious denial strike (using AGM-86), you would expect it to be back in operation in 48 hours. Faster if you have a tolerance for FOD.

        This was nothing more than a symbolic action,

    • Brown

       /  April 8, 2017

      An old, posed and unrelated photo I suspect. Proof of cutting and pasting perhaps but not much else. We will need to wait for more info to trawl through to find a possible truth.

    • lurcher1948

       /  April 8, 2017

      Drop another $100000000 take the money from the wall

  4. Trump’s strike on Syria may play well to his domestic audience in the short term, but will it achieve anything worthwhile?

    Syria’s ‘Conundrum’: Limited Strikes Risk Entrenching Assad’s Strategy

    When President Trump ordered dozens of cruise missiles launched at a Syrian air base, he was, whether he knew it or not, testing a theory that has long drawn skepticism among scholars of war.

    That theory: that the United States can fundamentally alter an adversary’s strategic calculus — at little cost and with little risk of American deaths or a tit-for-tat cycle of violence — with limited, symbolic and punitive strikes.

    In this case, the United States was seeking to change the reasoning that apparently led Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s leader, to use chemical weapons and the calculus that leads Russia to support his moves.

    But political scientists say such low-cost, high-return military action may not be possible, particularly in the context of Syria. Mr. Assad has repeatedly demonstrated that he is willing to bear costs far greater than temporarily losing a single airfield and the Russian government has repeatedly demonstrated that it can compensate for far greater setbacks.

    Caitlin Talmadge, a George Washington University political scientist who studies the dynamics of war, said Mr. Trump faced a “conundrum”: Mr. Assad and his Russian backers already face multiple imminent threats to the survival of the Syrian government.

    Either Mr. Trump could impose strikes so damaging that they exceed those other threats, forcing Syria and Russia to change strategies but at the risk of triggering significant escalation within Syria and without, or he could impose strikes that fall short, virtually ensuring that other problems take priority.

    Mr. Trump appears to have chosen the latter.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/07/world/middleeast/syrias-conundrum-limited-strikes-risk-entrenching-assads-strategy.html

    Nothing is simple in war, nor in geopolitics.

  5. Zedd

     /  April 8, 2017

    Sounds like Mr T has done the GWB ‘weapons of mass deception’ thing. Strike first ask questions later.. ‘Unilateral Police action’
    ‘where is the REAL evidence, that Assad is responsible for a chemical weapons attack, against his own people (echoes of claims, again S Hussein in Iraq) ?’
    OR was it some other group, wanting to provoke, this sort of ‘reprisal attack’ ?? 😦

  6. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2017

    Nikki Haley in the UN probably getting in some good hits. All Obama had there was Samantha Power who always looked like a bit of a hippy with that hairstyle & maybe that was why the frumpy old men Syrian & Russian Ambassadors didn’t pay any attention to whatever she said. Nikki’s got a hot no-nonsense dominatrix thing going on so I bet they’re paying attention now.