Syrian army won't be deterred by United States strike

Syrian army won't be deterred by United States strike

"No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators", Trump said.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", he added. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries". It reports however at least 70 cases of respiratory difficulties among civilians after regime air strikes, saying 11 people had died. Syrians poured into the streets for defiant demonstrations of their national pride.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has reportedly been arguing for a cautious response that would minimize the risk of the U.S. being dragged deeper into Syria's civil war.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. a vital national security interest", Trump said.

Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the Assad government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Fuad Shahbazov, a security and military expert focusing on Russian Federation and the Middle East based in Azerbaijan, told Al Jazeera that Moscow is unlikely to limit itself to the anti-US rhetoric.

May said the strikes were in response to the apparent chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, an attack on "innocent families who. were seeking shelter".

But a USA official familiar with the military planning said there could be more air strikes if the intelligence indicates that Assad has not stopped manufacturing, importing, storing or using chemical weapons, including weaponised chlorine.

"These carried out coordinated cruise missile strikes in tight coordination with our American and British allies", Parly said.

The combined U.S., British and French assault appeared to be more intense than the strike Trump ordered nearly exactly a year ago against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapons attack that Washington attributed to Assad.

Referring to last week's chemical weapon attack he said: "These are not the actions of a man, they are the crimes of a monster instead". Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen.

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

The Russian military said 103 cruise missiles were fired, including Tomahawk missiles, but Syrian air defence systems managed to intercept 71 of them. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. But the description from an ally described things differently.

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During the meeting with four opposition leaders, Pence listened as they described their once-prosperous country devolving into chaos.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said their forces had joined in the attack.

Dunford said that manned US aircraft were used in the military operation and that the strike was planned to minimize the risk of casualties among Russia's military forces in Syria.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

- Every possible diplomatic channel had been explored prior to the strikes, Mrs May added. The missiles had been shot down in the Kiswah area south of the capital Damascus, it said. "This was not about interfering in a civil war". It is not about regime change. "So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".

All but six were confirmed to have been conducted by the Syrian government.

Both local lawmakers and Syrians are reacting Friday night to President Donald Trump's announcement of strikes in Syria.

The air strikes were limited in scope, lasting about an hour. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action.

The air campaign could frustrate those in Trump's base who oppose military intervention and are wary of open-ended conflicts.

Hudson argues a limited, proportional response is the right call.

Asked by reporters if the United Kingdom would consider another strike if the chemical attacks in Syria continue, May didn't elaborate but said the Syrian regime should be in no doubt about British resolve.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to give the authority for any military strike.

A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and Friday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack on Saturday.

Hundreds of Syrians are demonstrating in a landmark square of the Syrian capital, waving victory signs and honking their vehicle horns in a show of defiance. "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said. He admitted as much, saying that "should [Assad] decide to use more chemical weapons in the future", the United States would be willing to go back into Syria.

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