Syrian opposition not expecting further military action from US in Syria

Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) does not expect further military actions from the United States in Syria and believes that the latest missile strikes on a military airfield will make Damascus “more serious” about Geneva and Astana peace talks, HNC adviser and spokesman Yahya Aridi told Sputnik on Friday.

The United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha’irat near Homs late Thursday. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on Damascus.

Following the attack, Syrian armed forces said that at least six people were killed and serious damages were inflicted on the Syrian military airfield in Homs province.

“I think it’s going to stop here in terms of the military action,” he said when asked whether he expected more missile strikes from the United States.

“I think it will push them [Astana, Geneva processes] forward with more seriousness, because the regime would think twice. Because this [US missile strike] is the response, to the regime’s violation of the law and disrespectful attitude towards the Geneva communique and 2254 [resolution],” Aridi added.

The HNC’s position is supportive of US military action, as they blamed the Syrian government for the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province on Tuesday that claimed the lives of some 80 people and inflicted harm on an additional 200 civilians.

“The international community had a very angry reaction to the regime’s atrocities. So the US acted under the cover of international anger. … The US acted depending basically on the intelligence it got. The US is not an ordinary country with no intelligence. They know very well what happened. Probably Russia chose to ignore or not pay attention to that [Idlib attack], thinking they are still living in the Obama era, or under Trump who is considered to be a friend, or if not a friend, then somebody whose policy is not yet crystallised. So they tried to procrastinate. But the US acted and did it successfully,” Aridi said.

A number of states, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Australia have already expressed their support for the attack, while Russia accused the US authorities of violating Syria’s sovereignty for an unjustified reason.