Justifying the decision to mount air strikes against Syria the three governments laid out evidence that the regime had used chemical weapons in the attack earlier this month, which opposition activists, rescue workers and medics say killed more than 40 civilians.
The attack was meant to send a message to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, as well as his allies Iran and Russian Federation, that use of the internationally banned chemical weapons would not be tolerated, but not to engage in the Syrian civil war, McKenzie said.
Saturday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that "the time for talk ended last night." at a special meeting of the UN Security Council and that "the United States is locked and loaded", if "the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".
"As Secretary Mattis said last night, the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press conference.
The vote reflected the deep divisions in the U.N.'s most powerful body, which has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.
"Every city in the Middle East that has a water purification system probably has some chlorine".
McKenzie said the allies "took out the heart" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal. The U.S. war there dragged on for eight more years.
Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.
"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.
He did not rule out sarin use.
The United States and its allies "were not going to let that stand", she said, adding that Mr. Trump had told her that the United States was "locked and loaded" and ready to strike again should Syria use banned weapons again.
The operation, which was led by the U.S., was undertaken in response to a devastating chemical attack in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma, which killed dozens of people earlier this month.
"I commend President Trump for leading the multinational effort to make sure that Assad realizes the consequences of such acts". "Sarin gas is one of the banned war weapons according to global treaties but the Assad regime has been killing people over the past seven years using all kinds of weapons". It blamed Islamic State militants for mustard gas use.
The Security Council held an emergency meeting earlier at the request of Russian Federation, which failed in a bid to condemn the air strikes. Moscow slammed the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.
Ahead of the latest strikes, Haley signaled in the Security Council on Friday that any action by Washington would not be in response to just the attack in Douma. Al-Quadri, who is now in England working on a Master's degree, said she had hoped that this time, the United States would respond with more force to put more pressure on Assad.
The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said.
All three leaders, including US President Donald Trump, said the use of chemical agents gave them a moral obligation to act.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he ordered the attacks after the "massacre" of innocent people which had crossed "a red line".
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