US, Allies Attacking Syria To Stop Chemical Weapons

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President Trump ordered a military attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, joining France and the United Kingdom in launching missile strikes in retaliation for last weekend's chemical weapons attack.

President Trump walks in to speak in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Friday to speak to the nation about the USA military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

A potential attack was looming on Thursday, with US President Donald Trump mulling over military options and British Prime Minister Theresa May holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday "we have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the Assad regime".

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he had not surrendered the element of surprise by announcing plans to launch a missile strike against Syria, writing online that he had said nothing regarding the timing of his planned strike.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US-led attack was imminent.

Witnesses told CNN that they heard explosions in the capital city of Damascus and that they began while Trump was making his address.

The Jaish al-Islam group in Douma agreed on Sunday to withdraw, hours after a suspected chemical weapons attack on the town that has raised the prospect of USA strikes. The sites reportedly include "two Syrian airfields, a research center and a chemical weapons facility".

"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added.

They agreed that the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged".

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"We hope that. the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", said Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia. Russian Federation and Syria blamed Israel for the strikes.

While Trump announced the "precision strikes" in Syria, Trudeau has ruled out any Canadian participation.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the operation is now targeting the "clandestine chemical arsenal" in Syria.

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

He said the United States would be a "partner and a friend" to the Middle East but the fate of the region lay in the hands of its own people.

"Syrian air defence blocks American, British, French aggression on Syria", the reports said.

The Russian foreign ministry said Moscow sought no escalation of the situation, but that it could not support "dishonest accusations" and had found no evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Mattis also said that any strike would not represent a shift in USA strategy in Syria, which is aimed at defeating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

"Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism for several years on its territory", Zakharova wrote in response to Trump's Wednesday tweet.

In that strike, on April 7, 2017, the USA launched 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian military airbase.

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