“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
CAN I GET DRAFTED?
This warning wasn’t the only thing going on, however.
President Bashar al-Assad has tried to state that the United States doesn’t have proof of an actual chemical attack and it was just a way of trying to disrupt Syrian peace. However, the evidence of the attack is rather overwhelming with confirmation from autopsies from the bombing.
U.S. Blames Russia for Inaction
While Russia and Iran may be issuing warnings, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blames Russian inaction when it comes to chemical weapons attacks. Tillerson said that, “Moscow had failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.”
The United States was expecting Russia to take a stronger stance against Syria because each one of these attacks puts Russia closer to responsibility.
Rebel forces in the northwestern section of Idlib province believe Russian jets actually conducted eight raids on Khan Sheikhoun, but not casualties were reported. Other rebel-held towns were also hit and more people were killed during the weekend attack including children and activists.
Putin and Rouhani Speak
Vladimer Putin, Russian President and Hassan Rouhani, Iran leader, spoke saying the actions of the United States were in violation of international law. In addition, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran said the strike by the U.S. was “a strategic error, and a repeat of the mistakes of the past.”