Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

A coalition of ships and bombers hammered three Syrian chemical weapons sites with 105 weapons on Friday night in an escalated response created to smash the Assad regime's capacity to use chemical weapons like chlorine and sarin gas.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", said McKenzie.

The United States, France and Britain have launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets. "We can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States 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.

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the site of the suspected gas attack in Douma on April 7, which medical relief organisations say killed dozens of people.

U.S. President Donald Trump again praised the decision to carry out the air strike in a tweet on Sunday, reiterating his claim that the missiles had delivered on their intended goal.

"The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished.' I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back".

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

The Syrian Armed Forces later said the US and its Western allies fired a total of one-hundred-and-ten missiles from manned aircraft and ships.

Britain and its allies have since the strikes renewed diplomatic efforts at the United Nations, circulating a joint draft resolution at the Security Council calling for an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Responding to the airstrikes, Putin on Saturday condemned what he called "an attack on Syria". According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said that it eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure, and left three civilians injured.

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the worldwide law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

But Johnson stressed the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was a response to a series of chemical attacks in recent years.

Russian Federation also decried the US -led operation as a failure, saying the majority of the rockets fired at Syria were intercepted by the Syrian government's air defense systems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday that the strikes had been carried out in violation of norms and principles of the global law.

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