Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the United States and its allies.
The US, Britain and France launched airstrikes against multiple places in Syria early Saturday following US President Donald Trump's order despite worldwide warnings against further escalation of the situation in the Arab country and across the Middle East.
"Could not have had a better result", he tweeted.
His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq. "Mission Accomplished!" Trump wrote.
Syria's state-run news agency says a joint military strike by the US, Britain and France injured several civilians and destroyed one building. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States. The Pentagon clarified on Saturday that this year's strikes involved 105 missiles, compared to 59 last year. The officials, who provided details on condition of anonymity ahead of public announcements, said Syria's air defenses were ineffective. Syria has denied the accusation. In a statement the ministry said that of 103 cruise missiles fired in the US -led airstrike, 71 were shot down by Syria's Soviet-made air-defense systems.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from US, British and French officials. He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.
Mattis said Friday there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.
The scale of the strikes was less than expected in some quarters with Mr Assad saying the attacks would only make Syria more determined to continue its operations.
On Friday, Russian military chiefs claimed they had evidence the United Kingdom had directed the attack in Douma using the White Helmets, a group of humanitarian volunteers on the ground.
Following the US-led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said.
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May admitted there was "no alternative path" while French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted that a "red line has been crossed" by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. White said she could not go into detail about that evidence. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013. But she says, "We can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law".
Vice-President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again.
It's the second time Trump has authorized bombing targets in Syria after a chemical attack. But the description from an ally put things differently.
- The Russian embassy in the United States said it had warned that such actions would "not be left without consequences", adding that insulting President Vladimir Putin was "unacceptable and inadmissible".
A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were en route to the site of the alleged attack before the strikes were launched against Damascus and Homs.
"There's still a residual element of the Syrian program that's out there", he said.
And a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs. The intercepted missiles included all 12 of those bound for the Al-Dumayr military airfield near Damascus, where the chemical attack that triggered the crisis was allegedly launched. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.
"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". He warned that intervention would lead to a proxy war with Russian Federation which would be "not only unsafe to Britain, but the entire world". "It is not about regime change". "The decision to use military force against the Syrian government must be made in pursuit of a comprehensive objective and with authorization from Congress".
Fourth, do the strikes mark some kind of turning point between Trump and Russian Federation? In April 2017, the U.S. struck an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles.
Their real impact will be on the plummeting relationship between Moscow and the West.