Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump speaks with UK, French leaders after Syria strike

Trump speaks with UK, French leaders after Syria strike

Moscow called the emergency Council meeting after the US, France and the United Kingdom fired scores of cruise missiles at what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Damascus last week.

Vice President Mike Pence also said Trump carried out the strikes armed with USA intelligence that at "a minimum it was the chemical weapon of chlorine", noting investigators still might prove sarin was used.

Coordinated American, French and British airstrikes were launched late Friday to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the suspected use of chemical weapons on his own people earlier this month in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, and to deter him from further use of chemical weapons.

Dozens chanted and held signs to demonstrate their disappointment in President Trump's decision to use military force in Syria without first letting global organizations confirm the chemical attacks.

"Last night, USA and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".

The US Defence Department has said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition's planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar Al Assad's forces.

The statement also stressed that the "flames of such crime will engulf the perpetrators and supporters" of the attack on Syria.

- US President Donald Trump condemned Syria's two main allies, Russian Federation and Iran, for supporting "murderous dictators".

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"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", he added.

The first target included the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre at al-Mazzah Airport in Damascus; the second, an alleged chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and the third, an alleged chemical weapons equipment storage site and command post, also near Homs.

Most of the weapons rained down on the Barzah Research and Development Center, the "heart" of the chemical weapon program, located in the greater Damascus area.

The demonstrators questioned the real objective of the U.S. military operation.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons". "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

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