Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States attack on Syria targets sites

United States attack on Syria targets sites

The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET, as most of Europe and the Middle East was shrouded in darkness.

Shortly after President Trump announce airstrikes, Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke.

Following the announcement, the United States said strikes had been launched at 9pm EST (2am BST) and had destroyed important infrastructure at three sites connected to the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme. Those bases come under the protection of Russian air defense units.

Trump has since tempered those remarks and the White House said no final decisions on possible actions had been taken.

"Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message previous year", Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a briefing at the Pentagon. Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes. "Assad's recent attacks and today's response are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise", Trump said.

But the Cabinet's call for "action" to prevent further use of chemical weapons included no details on the method or timing of such strikes, while leaving open the possibility of other responses.

"If it is finished, and there is no second round, it will be considered limited", the official told Reuters. "They will lose years of research and development, storage and equipment".

Trump said he has ordered "precision strikes" against Syria, where dozens of people were killed last weekend in a suspected toxic gas attack on Douma, the largest town in a former rebel stronghold outside Damascus.

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French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that France had joined the U.S. and Britain in an ongoing operation against Syria with strikes to target "the capacities of the Syrian regime to produce and use chemical weapons". He said the United States' response would integrate "all instruments of our power", including diplomatic and economic avenues. Syrian television reported that Syrian air defenses have responded to the attack.

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the USA and its allies have taken "decisive action" against Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

Social media quickly reacted to the news as the strikes began in certain areas of the country. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons used by that very awful regime'" he said.

Trump added that the USA is prepared "to sustain this response" until its aims are met.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the US -led invasion of Iraq.

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances.

Pentagon officials declined to release detailed information about what units carried out the strikes on Friday, citing security concerns.

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Before a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley signaled that some kind of action was in the works.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

"Again, we are being threatened".

The US and its allies "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", the statement added. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

The allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were eager on Friday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Trump.

Part of the calculation this week has also been gaming out how Russian Federation will respond. We saw the anguish that can be unleashed and the evil that can take hold.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there was no coordination with Russia or advance notice given to the Kremlin, but said "we specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved".

The Russians were warned beforehand, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly at a press conference on Saturday. "But maybe not." Trump added that the U.S.

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