US, UK and France launch Syria strikes targeting chemical weapons

US, UK and France launch Syria strikes targeting chemical weapons

As of Saturday, neither Syria nor its Russian or Iranian allies retaliated, USA officials said, though Assad has denied that he used chemical weapons in the April 7 attack in Douma that killed as many as 70 people and injured 1,000 others. "Syrians today feel that the world have let them down, and this is why Assad used chemical weapons against Syrians because no one will help the people". The prohibited use of chemical weapons against civilians "shouldn't be accepted or tolerated", he said. adding that issue requires a sustainable political solution for the Syrian crisis.

Earlier in the day, Washington, Paris, and London fired missiles on several targets in Syria, which the Western forces believe are linked to Damascus' alleged chemical weapons program.

One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus. McKenzie says the strike will set Syria's chemical program back for years.

The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted", with no intention of toppling Assad or intervening more widely in the war.

President Bashar al-Assad has been in power in Syria since 2000.

"While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice", Ms. Haley said. "We do not want the strike to be a response to the use of chemical weapons", he added.

In the month that followed, little support emerged for military action in Congress and the USA instead removed more than 1,300 tons of chemical agents from Syria.

In Douma, site of the suspected gas attack, the last buses were due on Saturday to transport out rebels and their families who agreed to surrender the town, state TV reported.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday night that the USA was expecting a disinformation campaign by those aligned with the Assad regime.

Assad's Barzah research and development center in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie said.

Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack. A resolution needs nine votes in favor, and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

"Surely, 100 percent, they'll not find anything", Fayez said.

But after the Syrian army surrendered its chemical arsenal, the Western countries kept accusing the government forces of using chemical weapons, despite the Syrian government's repeated denials that it has never used such weapons.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Mr. Trump said Friday night.

Mr Trump said "no amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East".

Meanwhile, NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance back the airstrikes on Syria as a outcome of the country conducting a suspected chemical attack against its civilians last weekend.

Haley warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" if any new chemical attack was carried out in Syria. "We can not purge the world of evil, or act everywhere there is tyranny". Although the three European signatories have said that no changes can be made to the agreement itself, they think they and the United States are close to finishing a declaration outlining their joint positions on the matters.

Russian Ambassador to the USA Anatoly Antonov posted an explosive online statement that claimed Russia was being "threatened".

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