Led coalition forces launch strikes on Syria, video shows Damascus getting hit

Led coalition forces launch strikes on Syria, video shows Damascus getting hit

Led coalition forces launch strikes on Syria, video shows Damascus getting hit

Trump said last Saturday, Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

President Trump announced in a statement on Friday evening that he had ordered the United States military to conduct a joint military strike with the United Kingdom and France on Syria.

The angry response came after the United States and allies fired missiles into the Syrian capital in an hour-long strike aimed at chemical weapons operations.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump said. "The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air". These are not the actions of a man.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

A number of media outlets recently reported that the Russian navy, allegedly fearing the attacks by the United States, has withdrawn all its warships and submarines from the Syrian port of Tartus.

Targets were struck in the Damascus and Homs areas.

May has said that Russia's veto at the Security Council of a vote to create a new inquiry on chemical attacks meant the United Nations could have no role in investigations. He added that the US expects the Syrian government and its allies to conduct a "significant disinformation campaign", which the Pentagon would rebut with additional information Saturday morning. "Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidency tweeted after air strikes began.

The U.S. on Friday launched "precision" military strikes against targets inside Syria linked to recent chemical attacks, said President Trump in a statement from the White House. He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use. That chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun killed and injured hundreds of civilians.

Britain has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but not against the country's government.

"If it is finished, and there is no second round, it will be considered limited", the official told Reuters.

General Dunford said the strike had inflicted maximum damage without unnecessary risk to civilians.

In anticipation of the media war to come, Mattis, in a pointed allusion to Russian Federation, said in his briefing, "We fully expect a significant disinformation campaign by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime".

Trump not only assailed Assad as a monster for the chemical attacks, but also blamed the leaders of Iran and Russian Federation, including its President Vladimir Putin, "for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: 'What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?'" "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators", he said. Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said more than 40 people were killed.

Mattis on Friday said he had seen enough evidence to conclude definitively that Assad's forces were behind the attack.

He added: "Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime". "Absolutely confident. We have the intelligence level of confidence we need". "But right now we have no additional attacks planned".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer is calling the airstrikes "appropriate", but says "the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria". "We are not ruling out sarin".

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons. He asked that "responsible nations" join in condemning the Assad regime.

One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people. But his regime has been accused multiple times since then of using such weapons.

Earlier this month, a United Nations commission of inquiry released a report accusing the regime of committing war crimes in Eastern Ghouta, including the use of chemical weapons against civilians. "They have built a lot of flexibility into the plan to allow for further strikes based on what they've hit tonight".

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