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Britain: No Additional Syria Strikes for Now

17 Avril 2018

At a Pentagon briefing on April 14, Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical-weapons infrastructure" were struck. There will be more. "It will restore deterrence against further regime use of chemical weapons, at least temporarily".

The biggest town in Eastern Ghouta, Douma, is where suspected poison gas was dropped on civilians during fighting on April 7, killing about 40 men, women and children. "We'll watch his actions".

"Hopefully he's gotten the message, it was a pretty strong message", she said.

But the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

The Trump administration is set to roll out new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for aiding Syrian leader Bashar Assad, said the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump stressed as he announced the military action that the airstrikes were created to discourage further production and use of chemical weapons.

Guterres emphasised that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis and the solution must be "political".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a statement released Sunday night, said: "The U.S. mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible".

Hill says after this attack there needs to be a renewed effort at diplomacy. No more attacks are planned, said Mr Mattis, unless Mr Assad uses chemical weapons again.

Syria fired roughly 40 missiles wildly into the air, after the USA and allied missiles had already landed, McKenzie said.

The phrase had been on a banner as Mr Bush declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq in May 2003, six weeks after the US-led invasion of the country.

In 2017, the US launched missiles against Syria following reports of a sarin gas attack.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it".

The U.S., the United Kingdom and France carried out a coordinated missile attack on Syria Friday night, striking military installations involved with the use of chemical weapons. New satellite images from Planet.com show that building has been reduced to rubble.

The sites included the Barzah Research and Development Center near Damascus and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons complex near Homs.

The military officials said they were confident that Syrian government installations that produced chlorine gas and sarin, a nerve agent, were destroyed or damaged. A senior Russian military official said on Saturday that Syria's air defences, which mostly consist of systems made in the former Soviet Union, had intercepted 71 of the 105 American, British and French missiles.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry Saturday condemned what it called "the brutal American-British-French aggression. which constitutes a flagrant violation of global law". "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC, adding that Russian Federation was the only country able to pressure Assad to negotiate an end to the conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

Britain: No Additional Syria Strikes for Now