'Mission Accomplished!': Trump praises Syria strikes

Syrian air strikes are a warning to Russia – Theresa May

Syrian air strikes are a warning to Russia – Theresa May

Haley's comments, at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, followed the overnight strikes against the Syrian regime led by the US with the support of the United Kingdom and France, which the three countries' leaders said were aimed at degrading the capability of Assad's forces to use chemical weapons.

Le Drian cited previous use of chemical weapons during the seven-year Syrian civil war and asserted that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

Since earlier Saturday, state television showed peaceful scenes in Damascus, home to at least one of the targets of this morning's airstrikes on Syria.

At the Pentagon, the director of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said the more than 100 missile strikes delivered a blow late Friday to the "heart" of Syria's chemical weapons network.

"Russia's veto was used as a green light for Assad to use chemical weapons". Both facilities are located near Homs, north of Damascus.

While the Pentagon said the strikes wouldn't continue beyond Friday night, Trump warned that they could be repeated if Assad persisted with chemical attacks. McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over.

The Pentagon released video April 14 of the joint missile strike against the Syrian regime in retaliation for the suspected April 7 chemical attack against civilians in Douma.

Jaish al-Islam, the group that held Douma, said it only abandoned the town because of the chemical attack. The attack reportedly occurred in the Ghouta region and killed dozens, including women and children.

Thousands of rebels and civilians have since been bussed out of the town under a Russian-brokered deal. Pictures from opposition supporters circulated on social media showing lifeless bodies piled in basements.

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the U.S. and its allies' strike.

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The president consulted frequently with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron in the days leading up to the attack. Fox News reported that USA military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13. "Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message previous year", Mattis said.

Though the Pentagon is "still assessing" the use of a nerve agent, officials would not elaborate on their process or evidence, but are confident in the decision to conduct airstrikes.

The site, according to Western powers, was part of the Syrian government's "chemical weapons infrastructure". McKenzie said the USA military deployed 76 missiles and destroyed that facility. The American president called the president of Syria a "monster". The regime "slaughtered innocent civilians" in the recent attack, the president stated.

The US was also anxious that the strikes would prompt a confrontation with Syria's biggest military ally: Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump declared "mission accomplished" in Friday night's strike on three Syria targets and argued that it "could not have had a better result".

Russian diplomat Vassily Nebenzia was the first to speak at the meeting at the U.N.'s headquarters in New York City and deemed the strike "hooliganism". Russia, China and Bolivia voted in favor of the resolution, four countries abstained.

In the Security Council meeting, Syria's envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari condemned the strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation of the UN Charter" and described the U.S. and its allies as "liars and hypocrites" who are "supporting terrorists in Syria".

"Russia probably got an assurance that these strikes would only target the CW capability of the regime", he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that its forces did not mobilize its air defenses - giving further signals that the attack would not open up a wider crisis between the two former Cold War foes.

The U.S., France and Great Britain have carried out an appropriately limited but symbolically meaningful strike in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian forces against the citizens of Douma.

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