Assad spoke highly of Soviet weapons after Syria strike - Russian lawmaker

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                                               Joost Hiltermann

2018 Uncredited AP Joost Hiltermann

President Donald Trump said Saturday morning airstrikes in Syria overnight were "perfectly executed", hours after he announced the USA, United Kingdom and France launched precision missile strikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last weekend. The United States and our allies must stand together on the world stage against Assad's reign of terror and to protect innocent human life.

Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western strikes on government military installations today only made him more keen to fight back against his opponents, in comments published by his office.

"British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons". She blamed the Security Council and Russia's actions for failing in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account.

Bishara says the only way to stop the use of chemical weapons is by bringing an end to the war.

It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria's seven-year civil war, and has pitted the USA and its allies against Moscow.

KHQ will continue to update this list as statements from other officials are sent into the newsroom.

The strikes were carried out in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Ghouta last week.

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A 2015-2017 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had found the Syrian government used sarin in an April 4, 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon.

United States envoy Haley also said that if Trump draws the red line, he enforces it and the U.S. will continue to sustain pressure on Syria.

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The Pentagon also says none of the missiles filed by the US and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments.

But France says it has conclusive proof that "chemical weapons were used and that they were used by Assad's regime".

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical-weapons program. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

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