USA and allies launch strikes on Syria

USA and allies launch strikes on Syria

In a televised address from the White House, Trump said he had ordered USA armed forces to launch "precision strikes" associated with Assad's chemical weapons capabilities.

So today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.

Residents of Damascus, the capital, woke to the sounds of multiple explosions shaking the city before the dawn call to prayer.

Before this, Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on the intervention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said that American missiles would come in response to the alleged chemical attack on civilian people in Syria.

President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last week.

She said she approved "targeted and coordinated strikes to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capabilty and deter their use". A chemical weapons storage facility, located west of Homs.

Three waves of overnight strikes destroyed important infrastructure at sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

"President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad". Assad's recent attack - and today's response - are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise. Again, the idea was to show Assad that the U.S. would not tolerate such actions and thus deter him from ever doing so again. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences." the Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in response to the airstrikes. The US and its allies struck civil and military facilities in Syria, violating the UN Charter and worldwide law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, responding to the intervention in Syria. Trump also called out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that Putin had guaranteed an global agreement for Assad in 2013 to get rid of all his chemical weapons.

Despite strong reservations expressed by some Democrats in Congress, the likelihood of Trump ordering a military strike aimed at degrading Syria's chemical weapons capacity seemed high given his public threats and indications from Britain and France that they, too, believe the Syrian government was behind the April 7 poison gas attack and must be penalized.

Minutes after Trump's announcement, journalists from Reuters and The Associated Press reported hearing loud blasts over Damascus, the Syrian capital.

But SANA said the strikes had caused only material damage at the scientific research centre in the Barzeh district of Damascus.

A Syrian opposition official, Hadi Al Bahra, also tweeted "the first missile targeted an area in Mount Qasioun".

Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, told The National that the strikes are an "unprecedented military statement from the US, UK and France in Syria and a very substantial escalation when compared to the 2017 Shayrat strike".

"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack", said the foreign ministry in a statement.

Syrian state media said the country's "air defenses shot down 13 missiles south of Damascus", NPR's Ruth Sherlock reports from Beirut.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Theresa May also said that the attacks were planned in a way to minimise civilian casualties.

But the United States spokesmen are insisting the strike was targeted at the Syrian regime and they had "tried everything they could to avoid civilian casualties" and foreign persons.

Syrian state news termed the strikes "a flagrant violation of global law" and said the intervention "is doomed to fail". It suggested the evidence for sarin use was based principally on the symptoms of the victims, which it says were "consistent with exposure to sarin".

Both Syria and Russia have denied involvement in the attack, which Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov alleged had been staged.

It was the second time in little over a year that the Trump administration has launched retaliatory strikes against Assad's army in the wake of chemical attacks.

The official acknowledged that could require a more sustained United States air and naval presence in the region, as well as intensified satellite and other surveillance of Syria.

But that the U.S. did not want an "indefinite presence" in Syria and would only stay until Islamic State was destroyed.

Nikki Haley, the us ambassador to the United Nations, said Syria had used chemical weapons at least 50 times since the war broke out in 2011.

But Trump says America does not seek "an indefinite presence" in Syria and will look to pull out its troops once the Islamic State is totally defeated.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

Iran has also been supportive of the Assad regime. The targets of that strike included Syrian aircraft, aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage facilities, ammunition supply bunkers, air defence systems and radar.

They also raised the possibility of confrontation with Russian Federation and Iran, both of which have military forces in Syria to support Assad.

A meeting of the North Atlantic Council will be held Saturday afternoon, a NATO official told CNN.

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