US, UK, France launch precision strikes on Syria

15 April, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May | AP

Meanwhile, British PM Theresa May said that there was no other option but to take military action to deter Assad from using chemical weapons.

Director of the Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still maintains "residual" capacity.

The former missile base was assessed to have been used by the Syrian regime to "keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention", the MoD said in a statement.

A chemical weapons storage facility, located west of Homs.

Syria said the US, Britain and France launched around 110 missiles on Syria but air defences shot majority down.

"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad", Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room.

Douma was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday.

As pictures of the bombing raids aftermath continue to emerge, Mr Trump said he "could not have had a better result".

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

May said while the strike was targeted at Syria, it sent a message to anyone who used chemical weapons.

"It was limited to specific objectives: The destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical capabilities to stop it from committing new chemical massacres", said Drian.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 global agreement for al-Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.

"In a powerful show of allied unity, we deployed 105 weapons against three targets that will significantly impact the Syrian regime's ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future", Gen.

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change". Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

When asked whether the British parliament should approve any possible United Kingdom intervention in Syria, Shaw said that he wonders "what possible motive could have triggered Syria to launch this chemical attack at this time in this place".

"Kremlin's support of Damascus's crimes can not be left without attention, as the Kremlin's regime with its actions, including in the UN Security Council, consistently makes it impossible to solve the conflict in Syria in accordance with the UN Charter", the statement says.

Trump made clear in his eight-minute televised address that he was wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 US troops have been deployed to fight Islamic State.

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

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the U.S. military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them".


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