The Syrian government responded with defiance Saturday following President Trump's decision to take military action against chemical weapons production facilities in Syria, describing the attack as an "aggression" that would fail.
"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council that no decision had been taken about military action, but that any use of force would be in response to multiple chemical attacks carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
The strikes targeted a research facility, a chemical weapons storage facility and a command post, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen.
Russian Federation must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.
Despite overwhelming evidence of the government's involvement in the attacks, Syria has denied responsibility for both incidents. By the end of the World War I, more than one million people had been killed or injured by chemical weapons.
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Western powers blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Syria and its ally Russian Federation categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action. "Big price to pay". The heated debate is taking place between President Trump, top military advisers and European countries that would join any military response.
We would have preferred an alternative path. That attack was also in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in a rebel held town by Assad's forces.
"These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said in an address to the nation.
But he said America does not seek "an indefinite presence" in Syria and will look to pull out its troops once the Islamic State is totally defeated.
"We were very precise and proportionate", Mattis said. "Members of Congress will be receiving national security briefings on these strikes and their progress".
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As of yesterday afternoon he was still mulling what to do after meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who warned that a bombing campaign could quickly escalate out of control.
Last year, the United States only waged strikes in Syria after determining that more deadly sarin gas was used.
In 2013, Assad reached an agreement with former President Barack Obama to turn over his chemical weapons to global bodies and join the Chemical Weapons Convention, an worldwide agreement that prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention or transfer of chemical weapons.
Missiles streak across the Damascus skyline as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital. He has previously told his national security team he wants USA troops to exit Syria within six months.
US Defense Secretary Jim Matt and other military leaders had warned that the larger the attack, the greater the risk of a confrontation with Russian Federation, two US officials said.
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