UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she "authorized British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use". These strikes are a retaliation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's poison gas attack that killed around 60 people last week in Syria.
According to the Russian military, the massive missile strike on objects of military and civilian infrastructure was conducted by USA warships jointly with the United Kingdom and French air forces at 3:42-5:10 Moscow time.
President Donald Trump on Saturday applauded Friday night's joint military strikes on Syria, tweeting that they "could not have had a better result".
On that occasion the United States attack was confined to the airbase where planes carrying the sarin and chlorine gas had taken off.
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The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs. On the other hand, I'm glad that the strike of the Americans, the British, and the French was quite proportional.
And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says, "One night of airstrikes is not a substitute for a clear, comprehensive Syria strategy".
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. "It's to establish a strong deterrent against the production spread and use of chemical weapons".
The foreign ministry early Saturday said the strikes aimed to block a probe by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog.
A US official told Reuters that Tomahawk cruise missiles also were involved.
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She added that the strikes were not about "regime change".
"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our global partners and allies", May said. However, Syrian air defense systems intercepted the majority of the attempted strikes, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
The move comes after days of warnings by the USA president to the Assad regime and its supporter, the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In April 2017, the USA struck an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles.
A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and Friday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack on Saturday. Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the U.S. and its allies.
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