Syrian Government Claims Minimal Damage from Tripartite Attack

Syrian Government Claims Minimal Damage from Tripartite Attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorised British armed forces "to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said.

The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development. McKenzie said there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria.

The U.S. -led strikes come about one year after Trump ordered the launching of 58 Tomahawk missiles targeting a Syrian airfield from which another chemical attack was launched.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

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President Trump, who said that the strikes were meant to be a "strong deterrent" against chemical warfare, now says "mission accomplished" and there "could not have had a better result". "The worldwide community should be determined to stop the use of such weapons and act in unity by doing so", the ministry said on Twitter on Saturday.

He attacked the Assad regime for "deploying chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians", referring to the alleged atrocity in Douma last Saturday. "I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad's threat to his people, to the region and to USA security, and for countering Russian and Iranian support for the Syrian dictatorship's ongoing barbarity", Rubio said.

"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", Putin said.

Pentagon officials said Friday night that Syrian forces returned fire with surface-to-air missiles, but initial assessments were that allied forces suffered no losses.

The Pentagon officials also said that the "Syrian chemical weapons system is larger than the three targets hit in Syria".

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White maintains that the strikes don't "represent a change in USA policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime", but adds that, "we can not allow such grievous violations of global law".

Syria's foreign ministry on Saturday denounced Western strikes as a "brutal, barbaric aggression" hours after the US, France, and Britain launched a joint operation against military installations. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

Trump criticized Russian Federation and Iran, Syria's two key allies, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators".

US, Britain and French forces launched attacks on Syria this morning in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens last week.

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"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the USA and its allies", Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin Web site.

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