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Key quotes from Trump's address on Syria

Key quotes from Trump's address on Syria

U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes on Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed dozens of people, aiming to degrade its chemical weapons capabilities in the biggest intervention yet in the conflict by Western powers.

The Russian military said 103 cruise missiles were fired, including Tomahawk missiles, but Syrian air defence systems managed to intercept 71 of them.

He noted that Russian Federation has in the past refrained from providing Syria with its state-of-the-art S-300 air defence missile systems at the insistence of the West, but could reconsider this decision now.

The Russian military said it hasn't engaged its air defense assets at its air and naval bases in Syria.

War is always unpredictable and unsafe; the war in Syria, which involves a number of regional powers and two nuclear-armed states, is exponentially more so.

The strikes, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a late Friday press conference, were not the opening of a broader campaign.

Fuad Shahbazov, a security and military expert focusing on Russian Federation and the Middle East based in Azerbaijan, told Al Jazeera that Moscow is unlikely to limit itself to the anti-US rhetoric. Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement saying he supported the airstrikes.

The strikes attacks come after claims of a chemical attack in an area called Douma which shocked a lot of people. We thank them both.

The targets included research centers in Damascus believed to have produced chemical weapons.

He added: "Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime. They will lose years of research and development, storage and equipment".

"While this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity", May said.

Macron said in a written statement that the attack had been limited to Syria's chemical weapons facilities and said the facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime were beyond doubt.

"The Syrian air defense system has been conducting an anti-air fight", the ministry added.

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"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.

President Donald Trump says he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops. "This year, we and our allies have struck harder", he said.

The White House in Washington, on January 21, 2017, the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the United States strikes hit when the country "finally" had a chance at peace, she posted on Facebook Saturday.

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future".

Anatoly Antonov said that a "pre-designed scenario" was being implemented. Again, we are being threatened.

While the Russian embassy in the U.S. has warned such actions would "not be left without consequences".

The strikes had been expected since harrowing footage surfaced of the aftermath of the alleged toxic gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which took place a week ago, and Trump reacted in an emotional tweet.

Part of the calculation this week has also been gaming out how Russian Federation will respond.

Russian Federation threatened to shoot down any US missiles launched at targets in Syria.

"We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace, we did not coordinate targets", Dunford said.

The French defense minister, Florence Parly, said the jets flew from bases in France. She said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

A meeting of the North Atlantic Council will be held Saturday afternoon, a NATO official told CNN.


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