Britain Joins France And US In Air Strikes In Syria

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In a televised address from the White House, Trump said he had ordered US armed forces to launch "precision strikes" associated with Assad's chemical weapons capabilities.

May's announcement was made minutes after Donald Trump revealed that he had ordered the strike at 9pm on Friday, explaining in a televised statement that it was a response to the "evil and despicable" chemical attack by the Syrian regime, which took place last weekend.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley responded, saying she'd spoken with Trump hours earlier and he'd told her, "If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". "Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the air strikes were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Assad. Syrians crowded onto the streets in noisy demonstrations of defiance afterward and their ally Russian Federation denounced the attack. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the US -led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

"So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had", the president tweeted Saturday morning.

The allied attack set off a fierce global debate about whether it was justified.

Canada became the latest to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria visited Douma but found no trace of chemical weapons there.

Experts and lawmakers warned before the strikes that although the chance is small, bombing Syria could increase the odds of a war between Russian Federation and the US.

In a press conference on the Syria attack this morning, Mrs May said Britain can not allow the use of chemical weapons to be normalised. The source says they are "significantly enhanced" in terms of anti-strike and anti-aircraft capabilities. The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and from ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.

He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible for the gas attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb last week.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month. It is not about regime change.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday that the United Kingdom is clear that the Assad regime is responsible for Douma chemical attack and confirmed United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria.

In a sign of mounting regional tensions, seven Iranians were killed in an air strike on a Syrian military base on Monday, which Iran said was carried out by Israel.

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