Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' in Syria airstrikes

Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' in Syria airstrikes

Trump declares 'Mission Accomplished!' in Syria airstrikes

After the US and allies sent 105 missiles to three Syrian sites that the Pentagon says were used to research, develop and store chemical weapons, one East Tennessean says the attacks are welcome by many Syrians, but that USA forces are not the key to peace in the Syria.

Russia leveled scathing criticism at what it called a "military crime" and "acts of aggression", but a Russian-drafted resolution of condemnation failed to pass the Security Council.

Their targets were core infrastructure of Assad's "clandestine" chemical weapons program, shoddily hidden from the global community since a 2013 agreement ostensibly rid him of his entire stockpile, according to an intelligence document declassified by the French government and released in conjunction with the strike.

"We believe that by hitting Barzeh in particular we've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon programme", Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon. But in the end, he said the only good thing was that there were no civilian casualties. The mission, according to Pentagon officials, has "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to manufacture chemical weapons. "The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air", he said.

"Surely, 100 percent, they'll not find anything", Fayez said. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

Almoazen has not been able to talk to his family there since the missile strikes. The vessels were located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

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US, British and French forces have pounded chemical weapons sites in Syria and hundreds of other targets in a massive and co-ordinated assault in response to an apparent poison gas attack that last week killed dozens in the rebel-held town of Douma. She said the president must present "a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives".

Some Syrians demand that the USA should take more measures against the regime and hit Assad's government where it hurts.

Pentagon officials anxious that the airstrikes might lead to an accidental release of toxic chemical agents.

As the attack unfolded, Moscow claimed that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted by Russian-made Syrian air defenses.

Shortly after the airstrikes began, President Donald Trump said all three sites were "associated" with the Syria's chemical weapon program. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. Dunford said missiles first struck a scientific research center in the Damascus area that he said was a center of Syrian research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology. But while more targets were hit and more missiles fired this time around, it won't alter the fundamental dynamics of the grinding, seven-year-long conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead, nearly all as a result of nonchemical weapons of war.

New satellite images from DigitalGlobe appear to show there was extensive damage to two separate facilities in Homs.

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Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security. He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks.

Mr Trudeau said in a press conference that it was "unfortunate" military action was needed to degrade the use of chemical weapons.

Whether or not that happens is up to Syria and also Russian Federation, the officials said.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation also expressed "full support" for the strikes.

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

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"Last year, the focus was on the delivery", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday.

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