Pentagon Declares Strike Successful. Here's A Look at What Went Into It


- Strikes were launched by British, French and United States forces at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

The attacks on Saturday came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

The strikes seemed unlikely to have much impact on the balance of power in Syria's seven-year-old civil war, in which Assad's government has steadily gained the upper hand against armed opponents since Russian Federation intervened in 2015.

US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House. As recently as last week, Trump had been saying that he wanted the withdraw its forces from Syria.

Syrian TV showed government supporters chanting slogans and waving flags in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which was the epicenter of an alleged government chemical weapons attack which reportedly killed dozens of civilians this past week.

Syrian state media slammed Western strikes on Saturday as illegal and "doomed to fail", after the US, France, and Britain launched a joint operation against the Damascus government.

The Pentagon held a briefing on the latest development of the strike in Syria. Could not have had a better result.

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Even in a conflict already as debased as Syria's vicious civil war, there must be worldwide norms and laws that civilized nations enforce.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said, thanking the United Kingdom and France for joining the U.S. in its fight against the Syrian regime.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", she said.

Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russian Federation apparently did not, the U.S. said, despite a threat from the country's ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow's forces would do so.

He also questioned why the Western powers, who claimed Damascus used chemical weapons, did not share their evidence with the OPCW.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions of the US and its allies, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for the UN charter and worldwide law. The strikes were the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime.

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Both the Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs Assad, have denied such a chemical attack took place.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from U.S., British and French officials.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday that the United States is "locked and loaded" if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime uses chemical gas again in the country.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores global law", White said.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria, under no circumstances", Trump said in his eight-minute address.

After the vote, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the us and its allies "continue to put global politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington". U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched advanced missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

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