Trump pushes ahead with Syria strikes amid broader tumult

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

Trump has also said the the U.S.is prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

- More than 100 missiles were collectively launched overnight from British, French and American forces in Syria.

Her Russian counterpart, Vassily Nebenzia, called for a Security Council vote condemning the strikes.

The strike was twice the size of a previous strike carried out by the Trump administration in April 2017 and, McKenzie noted, there has so far not been a response from military actors within Syria.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidency tweeted after airstrikes began.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation called this information untrue, while the U.S. and allies have blamed Bashar al-Assad for the attack. It was not immediately clear whether Trump meant the allied military operation would extend beyond an initial nighttime round of missile strikes.

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said of last weekend's attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room.

The joint airstrikes came under the pretext of punishing the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in the east of Damascus on April 7.

The bombing represents a major escalation in the West's confrontation with Assad's superpower ally Russian Federation, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war which has killed at least half a million people in the past seven years. "It is not about regime change".

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They hit three of Assad's chemical weapons facilities: a scientific research center in greater Damascus that was used for production of weapons, and two chemical weapons facilities west of Homs - one used for the production of the nerve agent sarin and the other a part of a military command post, said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"The attack took place after the colonial forces supporting terrorists realized they have lost control got the feeling that they have lost credibility in front of their people and the world", Assad said. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

The attack also drew criticism from many of Trump's most ardent supporters in the US.

"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack", said the foreign ministry in a statement.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of global law", the foreign ministry said.

- The only retaliatory action was some Syrian surface-to-air missile activity, the United States said.

"This is a victory for Syria and the allies of Syria", declared Abboud Mardini, a 38-year old merchant in Damascus.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

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