US Defence analyst says Syrian strikes not enough to deter President Assad

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The US, France and the United Kingdom launched precision airstrikes in Syria during Saturday's pre-dawn hours as a retaliatory measure for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on civilians in Douma last week.

"Could not have had a better result".

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq.

A perfectly executed strike last night.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White defended Trump's victory lap at a Saturday briefing.

Trump announced the strikes, in coordination with France and Britain, from the White House Friday night. They were very effective.

"We were very precise and proportionate", Mattis said. "So it was a mission accomplished".

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia speaks during an emergency Security Council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York, April 14, 2018.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, new national security adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were all involved in the decision to strike Syria, Reuters reports.

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In comments posted on his Twitter feed, Harris said: "The use of chemical weapons can never be tolerated in the civilized world".

"I think the U.S. definitely wanted to focus on the chemical weapons issue and not get tangled into the political and military ramifications of Assad's partnership with Russian Federation and Iran", he said.

"Morning of steadfastness", read the tweet.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White warned that Russian Federation was actively attempting to sow confusion about the attack.

In central Damascus, dozens of Syrians arrived on bicycles, on foot and in cars spray painted with the red, white, and black colors of the Syrian flag, blaring patriotic tunes.

During a United Nations Security Council meeting held at Russia's request to discuss the strikes, the USA warned that it was "locked and loaded", ready to launch more military strikes on Syria if President Bashar al-Assad's forces carry out a new chemical weapons attack.

Russia, which had promised to respond to any attack on its ally, earlier said that Syrian air defences had intercepted 71 of the missiles fired.

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

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the attack was an act of aggression against a sovereign state and that the USA and its allies have demonstrated a blatant disregard for global law.

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Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - backed the resolution which called the United States and its allies' strikes an "aggression" against Syria. The fact that these deaths did not involve chemical weapons makes them no less tragic for their victims and surviving loved ones. But there was a clear warning that if the Assad regime resorts to chemical weapons again, then further strikes may well follow. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted. Syrian time, about 9 p.m. But with the latest strikes, US forces may see an escalation in the conflict. "This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapon program back for years".

In addition, a storage facility was the target of 22 weapons launched by all coalition forces, and a bunker facility was the target of seven Scout missiles.

A later report held the government responsible for a third attack.

"Russia probably got an assurance that these strikes would only target the CW capability of the regime", he said.

The European Union voiced support for the allies. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".

The joint bombing campaign in Syria was hailed a "success" by Theresa May, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in talks by telephone on Saturday afternoon.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Mr Trump said the United States was prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Mr Assad until the Syrian leader ends what the USA president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. "This is not about intervening in a civil war". "It is not about regime change".

Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement welcomed the strikes as an appropriate response to the suspected chemical attack.

The Syrian government has denied the allegations, saying such claims were aimed at halting Syrian forces' advances in the region and were made by the terrorists themselves.

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