Trump talks with British, French leaders over strikes on Syria

Trump talks with British, French leaders over strikes on Syria

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retains "residual" capacity but gave no details about what could be left. "Such a strategy ought to include imposing no-fly zone, pushing Iran's military, IRGC and Quds Force out of Syria by targeting its bases, conducting land and air operations simultaneously, and ultimately altering the regime which continues to commit crimes against humanity".

Chlorine, as a commercially available substance, was not included in the 2013 agreement.

Haley said the U.S.is "locked and loaded" for another missile strike if there is another chemical attack in Syria.

The Russian foreign ministry, however, accused the allies of acting when they did "to hamper the work of the OPCW inspectors".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Negotiations on the draft resolution put forward by the US, France and Britain are set to begin on Monday. "We are not scared of America's missiles". "All the things that we need to live are being cut", he said.

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari claimed that the Douma attack was a "masquerade" mounted by rebels.

The allies also acted because of concerns that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where more than 40 people died in last weekend's attack, the officials said.

Faysal Itani, a scholar at the Atlantic Council, said that even if the US -led strikes prevented new chemical attacks, it would not change Assad's larger strategy or halt his conventional assaults on rebel-held areas.

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The Pentagon is backing President Donald Trump's assertion that the missile strikes on Syria were "Mission Accomplished!".

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support Mr Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

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The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase last year), majority were shot down by Syria's air defense units upon approaching their targets. "They lost a lot of material, and that's going to have a significant effect".

"The strikes don't alter that reality", Ross said. He said three civilians were injured during a strike at one site. Trump suggested Friday's action will be more robust than last year's one-off.

The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago.

Long range tomahawk missiles were launched from a U.S Navy ship - striking two other chemical-related facilities early Saturday morning. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.

The idea, we're told, is to degrade the regime's ability to use chemical weapons and deter Assad from using them on his own people in the future, and thereby enforce the worldwide norm prohibiting chemical weapons warfare.

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