US, Allies Hit 3 Syrian Sites Linked To Chemical Weapons Program

SNP MP Ian Blackford said there needed to be an global response to "heinous" chemical weapon attacks, adding: "That has not happened".

Trump said he also has a message for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime.

Shanawani expressed concern over clashes among nations that have become closely involved in the Syrian conflict, including the United States, Russia, Iran and Israel.

"We've been able to see for ourselves that Homs province, devastated by the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) and other terrorists, has begun to restore itself".

UK's Defence Ministry said four RAF Tornado jets took part in the strike.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on US threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

"The aggression is a flagrant violation of global law, a breach of the worldwide community´s will, and it is doomed to fail", said state news agency SANA.

President Donald Trump is asking for a "prayer for our noble warriors" as he concludes his remarks announcing strikes on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program.

And that creates a serious risk of escalation, and deeper USA involvement in one of the world's deadliest and most unsafe civil wars.

He said: "We can not tolerate the trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons, which represent an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security". "These are not the actions of a man".

Trump had called the weekend attack "sick" and "atrocious", and said Syria and its allies Russian Federation and Iran would "pay a price".

Residents in Damascus were caught off guard by the strikes, independent reporter Danny Makki told NPR, speaking from Damascus.

The targets included a scientific research center located in the greater Damascus area.

State-controlled Syrian TV said Syrian air defenses shot down 13 missiles fired in the US-led attack. "The United States will be a partner and a friend".

The allied operation comes a year after a US missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

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Dunford said the research center was used for development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff says Saturday's strike hasn't caused any casualties and Syrian military facilities targeted by the U.S., Britain and France have suffered only minor damage.

During simultaneous events in Washington last week, the president said he would make a decision "very quickly" on when U.S. troops would pull out of Syria while his top commander in the region - Army General Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command - said he saw a continuing role for the U.S. military in helping to stabilize the divided country. The strikes, more limited than once seemed likely, were created to deter the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons once and for all.

Mattis, however, suggested the evidence of sarin was so far inconclusive.

Trump said U.S. forces launched "precision" strikes against Syrian targets, and that the United States would "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". "We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians. and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago", a Syrian official told Reuters on Friday.

Russia, which backs the Syrian government, called a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting Friday and warned against a possible US military strike.

"The precision targeting of military targets are needed in the fight of good versus evil, a fight of the United States versus the dark edge of humanity", Senator Cory Gardner said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the military operation with U.S. and Britain were targeting "clandestine chemical arsenal" in Syria.

Trump stressed that "America does not seek" a permanent presence in Syria.

Macron said the attack had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime's chemical weapons facilities in coordination with France and the United Kingdom in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of men, women and children?"

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change". Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Assad to stop using banned weapons.

How many missiles were fired? . A USA -led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the IS grip on both Syria and Iraq.

Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

  • Adam Floyd