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'Smarter, longer range' USA missiles used to decimate Syrian airstrike targets

17 Avril 2018

A fact-finding team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus to "begin work" on Saturday, according to the organisation's Twitter feed.

Merkel says the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the worldwide rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

In 2013, Trump vehemently bashed Obama for hinting about the military actions of the US against Syria.

White, the Defense Department spokeswoman, said the strikes did not "represent a change in US policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime". The French ambassador, François Delattre, said that Mr. Assad knew that he was flouting global norms.

The Kremlin had warned Washington that Russian Federation would fend off any strike that jeopardized its servicemen in Syria.

Meanwhile, Mr Rouhani accused the United States "and some Western countries" of not wanting Syria "to reach permanent stability". "If you really want to do something that matters, take away Assad's air force".

Merkel had said earlier this week that Germany wouldn't join allied military action against Syrian government forces. "Trump did it to save face".

That was enough of a message for the USA authorities and the strike evidently achieved nothing.

"I just feel like I just had my best girlfriend break up with me", Alex Jones, the host of Infowars and a prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist, said on Friday during a live stream after the strikes were announced.

One of the US's targets before and after the strike.

"We say enough with death, enough with killing civilians", said Hani Atassi, president of the Syrian American Council chapter in Chicago.

United Nations Security Council-mandated inspectors have probed previous attacks and decided Assad's regime was responsible four times, MPs will be told. "Our warnings have been left unheard", Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the USA, wrote on Facebook.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

President Donald Trump rallied USA allies for a trilateral strike on sites connected to chemical weapons in Syria, and it looks to have achieved its goal. What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

Moutaz Adham, Oxfam's country director in Syria, also said peace talks should be prioritized over military solutions.

She says "no other group" could have carried out that attack. The 105 weapons used against three facilities across Syria targeted only chemical weapons production in Syria, and they didn't even remove all of those weapons or capabilities. "Here we are celebrating to show that you are bankrupt", said a woman interviewed on state television.

Syrian opposition and activists have criticised the Russian deployment in the town, saying that evidence of chemical weapons' use might no longer be found. Russia and Syria deny the attack took place.

Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump on Saturday praised USA airstrikes in Syria, but some locals are saying America hasn't gone far enough.

She also said she's not impressed with the reaction of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed support for the strikes but seems reluctant to get directly involved.

Donald Trump has remained relatively friendly with Russian president Vladimir Putin throughout his presidency-as rumors of pre-election ties continue to circulate-but his administration has hit Russia with two waves of sanctions and penalties in the last month.

'Smarter, longer range' USA missiles used to decimate Syrian airstrike targets