World Leaders Respond To The Coordinated Strike In Syria

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, says the US -led airstrikes against Syria has been "a very serious blow". He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained "residual" capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left.

"We can not tolerate the normalization of the use of chemical weapons, which is a direct threat to the security of the Syrian people and our collective security".

Syria state TV, however, claimed that three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air-defense systems.

The Pentagon official said the allied forces' attack was met with no resistance.

The rhetoric from Syria's backers was harsh.

A Russian draft resolution calling to stop aggression against Syria has been turned down by the UN Security Council due to a lack of support during the vote.

SANA also reprinted the response to the attacks from the Chinese Communist regime, which condemned the attacks in milder terms. The draft, which sought to condemn the strikes as a violation of global law and the U.N. Charter, received only three votes in favor from the 15 council members.

But apart from Tehran and Moscow, which support the Syrian government, much of the world saw the USA -led strikes as justified and hoped it would prove a deterrent to Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The U.S., France and Britain have accused the Russian-backed Syrian government of launching a suspected chemical attack in the then rebel-held town of Douma last week.

One Assad ally that has yet to issue a statement specifically addressing the attacks is North Korea, whose state media, instead, published a general condemnation of the United States on Saturday.

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US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, responded to the claims, saying Russian Federation was carrying out a "disinformation campaign" and the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Douma were not "fake news".

"This is how you want global affairs to be conducted now?" said an irritated Vassily Nebenzia. But the very narrow and limited nature of the strikes served to weaken deterrence of future Syrian chemical weapons use. They will collect soil samples and talk to witnesses in attempts to pin down what occurred.

The Pentagon said Saturday that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

"A perfectly executed strike last night". "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".

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

"Syria today represents the most serious threat to worldwide peace and security", Guterres told the Security Council. He noted that establishing deterrence against use of such weapons represented "a vital national security interest of the US".

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump said. He ordered an USA airstrike on a Syrian air base.

"None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses". The Pentagon also employed the B-1 strategic bomber.

In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again. An initial team of inspectors had only arrived in Syria on Friday.

"We can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security", a statement from the Elysee presidential office said. "However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year", he said.

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