US, Allies Strike Syria's Chemical Weapons Facilities

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US, Allies Strike Syria's Chemical Weapons Facilities

Director of the Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still maintains "residual" capacity. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he said.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the target choices were "very methodical", calling it a "deliberate decision" to go after chemical weapons manufacturing facilities.

Syrian air defenses shot down 13 missiles fired in the US -led attack on the country on Saturday, Syrian state TV said.

The U.S. -led strikes come about one year after Trump ordered the launching of 58 Tomahawk missiles targeting a Syrian airfield from which another chemical attack was launched.

"A perfectly executed strike last night". He also thanked allies France and Britain "for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military". In the morning he tweeted: "Mission accomplished".

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"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.

Last weekend's chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people was just the latest.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation, its key ally, have vehemently denied involvement and accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical attack claims.

"Today's action by the US, the United Kingdom, and France is a proper response to the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime".

For his part, Rouhani expressed his strongest condemnation of the joint missile attack by the U.S., Britain and France, while reaffirming Iran's support for the Syrian government.

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The air strikes, however, risk dragging the United States further into Syria's civil war, particularly if Russia, Iran and Assad opt to retaliate.

The Pentagon claimed the strikes targeted a research center in greater Damascus and a chemical weapons storage facility and a command post west of Homs, while the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has officially stated complete disarmament of Syria since two years ago.

"President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons", he added.

The open meeting started at 11:00 am (15:00 GMT) and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the UN Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria. Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable.

Damascus, with key allies Russian Federation and Iran, have lambasted reports of the suspected gas attack as bogus.

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I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime.

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