US limited symbolic attack on Syria

US limited symbolic attack on Syria

US limited symbolic attack on Syria

The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted. Syrian President Bashar Assad's government denies responsibility.

Russian officials warned of "consequences" after President Donald Trump announced his approval of USA -led military strikes in Syria against the Russian-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada supports the decision by the US, the United Kingdom and France to bomb targets in Syria over the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. It called for a political solution and a "return to the framework of global law".

The Secretary-General also said that global investigators are ready to visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma where several militias and armies are fighting proxy wars.

Reaction from the global community to the strikes has ranged widely on Saturday.

The Pentagon said there had been chemical weapons agents at one of the targets, and that, although there were other parts to Syria's chemical weapons system, the strikes had significantly crippled its ability to produce such weapons.

A statement from the Pentagon said that at least 58 missiles struck Syria's Shayrat airbase.

The US-led strikes on Saturday came after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last week. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

Assad's key regional ally, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, branded US President Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Theresa May "criminals".

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"Assad has established himself as a user of chemical weapons" from past attacks, the official added.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.

The first was last April, when he authorized Tomahawk cruise missiles to strike a Syrian airfield following Assad's use of sarin gas on civilians.

Meanwhile, Germany's chancellor said the air strikes are a "necessary and appropriate" response to the attack on Douma.

The three allies used ships, a submarine and warplanes to launch a barrage of 105 guided missiles towards three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, officials said, including a research center on the outskirts of Damascus.

"The Syrian regime has been killing its own people for seven years", Ms Pierce said, and the use of chemical weapons "was a war crime and a crime against humanity".

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the U.S., Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council - China and Bolivia.

It comes after the French foreign minister said France wants to start working "right now" on resuming the political process aimed at ending the conflict in Syria. She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.

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