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Pentagon says Syria strikes 'hit every target'

15 Avril 2018

Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said on Saturday that Russia was likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria, RIA news agency reported.

"These are not the actions of a man".

USA -led airstrikes against Syrian chemical targets drew words of support across the globe Saturday - mixed with some condemnation - hours after explosions rumbled through the capital of Damascus.

- The Russian embassy in the U.S. said it had warned that such actions would "not be left without consequences", adding that insulting President Vladimir Putin was "unacceptable and inadmissible".

The Pentagon official said the allied forces' attack was met with no resistance. Russia, in turn, threatened to respond.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", she said.

Iran joined Russian Federation in condemning the strikes. "Together, we have send a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable".

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

"We are following the situation in Syria with grave concern".

These missile strikes were coordinated by the U.S., France and the response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government in Douma last week.

General James Mattis described the military strike as a "one-time shot" which was roughly double the power of the 2017 strike in Syria.

The US and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria. He said there were "no reports of losses" on USA and allies.

"These limited strikes may serve to deter future chemical weapons use, but assuming they don't trigger escalation or a retaliation, they won't dramatically alter the course of the conflict", Emma Beals, a Beirut-based expert who has been monitoring the war in Syria, said on Twitter.

The US however insist a "deconfliction channel" with Russian Federation continues to operate, details of which remain secret.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump added.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged member states to "show restraint in these unsafe circumstances" and to "avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people". "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked".

Syrian air defences responded to the attack by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom and hit several incoming missiles, state-run Syrian media said.

Pentagon says Syria strikes 'hit every target'