What we know about the Syria air strikes so far

15 April, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

"It was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", May said.

She and other residents described hearing a volley of fire in the morning, and seeing plumes of thick smoke emerging from the city's north and east.

The Kremlin released a statement from Putin saying the strike was an "act of aggression against a sovereign state which is in the front line in the fight against terrorism", and that there was no proof a chemical weapons attack had taken place.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the US believed it would send al-Assad a strong message.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said. They also raised the possibility of confrontation with Russian Federation and Iran, both of which have military forces in Syria to support Assad.

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

It said three civilians were wounded in the Homs attacks but did not give a toll for Damascus or mention any combatant casualties.

She also said the strikes were not about "regime change". And his counterpart, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, insisted that United States officials were in touch with their Russian counterparts over the so-called "deconfliction channel" between the United States al-Udeid airbase in Qatar and Russia's Hmeymim military base in Syria.

USA concerned about triggering wider war as it weighs strike on Syria
Trump also called out Russia's promise in 2013 that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons . The first target was a scientific research center located in the greater Damascus area.

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

General Joseph Dunford at a Pentagon briefing shortly after Trump's announcement said three targets had been struck. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators".

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".

France's defence minister has ruled out "confrontation" and "escalation" following its joint military operation with the U.S. and United Kingdom that attacked "targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" in Syria.

But she also emphasized the limits of the operation's goals, reflecting the reluctance in London as well as Washington to become too immersed in the fratricidal war in Syria.

He notes that Russian Federation in the past refrained from providing Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defense missile systems on Western prodding but could reconsider it now.

Raw video footage and images from Syria show missiles darting through the sky during the attack.

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