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Pentagon on Syria strikes: 'We successfully hit every target'

16 Avril 2018

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Syria said they were meeting officials in Damascus today and that a visit to the site of the alleged chemical attack was being facilitated.

Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals, and the chemical itself is far easier to find and weaponise, experts say.

The Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility, located more than 4 miles (7 km) from the storage facility, was struck by seven Scout missiles.

Both Hala's mother, Hunada, and her husband left Damascus years ago.

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.

Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defense units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no US or allies missiles were stopped. The use of which, she says, "is inexcusable" and "illegal". Russian Federation in November used its veto three times to bury a previous UN-led inquiry which found that Syrian forces had dropped sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April a year ago.

Syria agreed in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons after a nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in Douma. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marks a major victory for Assad. Pictures from pro-opposition groups circulated on social media showing lifeless bodies piled in basements. But keeping a narrow focus on the Islamic State and chemical weapons while ignoring the rest of the bloodshed is actually perpetuating President Obama's horrendous policies. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

"Military action was necessary and appropriate to safeguard the effectiveness of the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons, and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations", she said in a statement.

Only China and Bolivia voted alongside Russian Federation in favour of its draft resolution condemning the military action, while eight countries opposed it.

Some in the Syrian community believe it was a small positive step in the right direction while others believe it will only cause more problems for the USA and American troops in Syria. Syrians were also shown gathering in central squares in Aleppo waving Syrian flags and saying that they would never kneel to foreign enemies. "Such a strategy ought to include imposing no-fly zone, pushing Iran's military, IRGC and Quds Force out of Syria by targeting its bases, conducting land and air operations simultaneously, and ultimately altering the regime which continues to commit crimes against humanity".

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said "right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message" to the Syrian regime.

President Trump took to Twitter early Saturday morning, "Mission Accomplished!" he wrote.

Corbyn's drive for legislation to limit the government's power to launch future military action may win support in parliament, where some Conservatives have expressed fear of fuelling an escalation in Syria.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, new national security adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were all involved in the decision to strike Syria, Reuters reports. Eight countries opposed condemnation while four abstained.

"These questions must be resolved based on worldwide law", Temer said while calling for the need to let the United Nations (UN) broker a resolution to the Syrian conflict.

That sends a clear message, according the Syrian Representative to the United Nations, that there no interest in a "transparent investigation". President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Pentagon on Syria strikes: 'We successfully hit every target'