May 21, 2018

Pentagon releases footage of attack on Syria chemical weapons site

16 April 2018, 03:33 | Taylor George

US destroyer launching cruise missile at Syria

US destroyer launching cruise missile at Syria

The strikes, a joint operation between the USA, United Kingdom and France, targeted three locations associated with the production and storage of chemical weapons: a scientific research center; a storage center for sarin and its precursor components; and a chemical weapons storage facility and command post, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. There will be more.

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the USA and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons.

Eid also said he would tell Trump, that he "proved once again, yesterday, that you have a big heart".

"We were a little anxious, but in the end we watched the strikes from my roof. Hopefully he's gotten the message".

"This is something we are not going to tolerate", Haley also said Sunday.

FILE - President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's April 7 chemical weapons attack.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP.

Donald Trump has been condemned by Russian Federation and Syria for the strikes, which have been dubbed by both county's leaders as "an act of aggression".

"Now they punish us for the mere fact of being in the global arena", Zakharova said.

Speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program, Haley said the sanctions are imminent, targeting Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend. The U.K. Defense Ministry said the strikes were "successful".

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A Kremlin statement said Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the multi-sided, seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people.

Russian Federation said on Saturday it would consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria following the Western strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

She added that Russian Federation is feeling the effects of U.S. actions including "the sanctions that are continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday".

The targets of the airstrikes by the three countries included Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical-weapons arsenal and a former missile base 15 miles west of the city of Homs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Pentagon on Saturday said all the targets in Syria were successfully hit and there were no interceptions.

McKenzie said 105 US and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

"There was no chemical attack in Douma 10 days ago, all these allegations are nothing to do with the truth", Mr Sabbagh says.

Western powers are to attempt to inject diplomatic momentum behind the military strikes against Syrian government chemical weapon sites by calling for the United Nations both to launch a broad investigation into Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles and to try to reinvigorate the stalled United Nations peace talks. US officials said they gave Russian Federation no specific warnings of the attacks or the targets, but used the usual hotline with Moscow's military to ensure the airspace was clear. But late Saturday, senior administration officials called the evidence "incontrovertible".

Haley's warning comes after American, British and French forces fired over one hundred missiles at the Arab country on Saturday.

"All (the U.S.) has achieved by arming the mainly jihadist opposition is the increase of Assad's dependence on Iran and Russia", Glass said.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the missile strikes.

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