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UK, US and France launch strikes on Syria

15 April 2018
UK, US and France launch strikes on Syria

US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.

Airstrikes by the US, UK and France were launched at 2am UK time and destroyed infrastructure at three sites connected to Syria's chemical weapons programme near Damascus.

"A lack of accountability emboldens those who would use such weapons by providing them with the reassurance of impunity", he said.

The UN Security Council met at Russia's request to discuss US-led air strikes on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. "Russian Federation will demand a meeting of the UN Security Council, I think, for sure", Dzhabarov, who is the deputy head of Russia's foreign affairs committee, was quoted by RIA as saying. NY time, Agence-France Presse reported.

Later Saturday morning, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency session at Moscow's request in response to the airstrikes, CBS News' Pamela Falk reports from the United Nations. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the attacks were a "crime".

The Daily Caller collected 40 tweets issued by Trump from 2013-16 in which he expressed his displeasure over Syria. In Damascus, it seemed like a fairly ordinary Saturday, except for small rallies in praise of Assad that formed in traffic circles and around fountains.

"Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", Trump told a crowd in Richfield, Ohio, on March 30. "Nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep". A sarin attack triggered Trump's decision previous year to strike a Syrian air base.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

But European allies lined up to support the "limited" operation as it emerged that the USA had warned Moscow about the airstrikes in advance to avoid Russian casualties and avoid a broader conflict between the major powers.

"The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime is unforgivable and can not be tolerated", Cummings said in a tweet.

- Jeremy Corbyn criticised the Prime Minister, describing the action as legally questionable. Two U.S. planes from a base in Spain provided logistical support, the Spanish defense ministry said.

"We consistently oppose the use of force in global relations, and advocate respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Saturday.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member with forces in northern Syria fighting Kurdish militants, welcomed the strikes and described them as a proper action against the Assad regime.

"When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red", she said.

Both the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russian Federation have denied all responsibility for the April 7 attack, and Moscow slammed the "aggressive actions" of the Western coalition, but it has not yet responded militarily.

The US Air Force fired air-launched cruise missiles from B-1 bombers, and French and British planes also shot cruise missiles toward the targets. Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian program. Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria. There were no casualties, either Syrian or Russian, or serious damage inflicted, it said.

US, British and French "naval and air assets" took part in the strikes, which US defense chief James Mattis said employed more than twice the amount of munitions used during American strikes in Syria previous year, in which 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired.