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The US bombing of Syria, explained in 400 words

The US bombing of Syria, explained in 400 words

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, Islamabad "condemns the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone".

The former missile base was assessed to have been used by the Syrian regime to "keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention", the MoD said in a statement.

Ms Merkel this week had said Germany would not take part in any military action against Syria.

"Your aggression is a major threat to the possibility of continuing the political process under the United Nations auspices", he said.

Russian Federation has countered that the US-led action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Moscow's influence in check.

- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of worldwide law and shows contempt for global legitimacy". It remains to be seen whether the strikes will actually stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

He criticised the U.S. and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".

- Strikes were launched by British, French and U.S. forces at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

"On the question of chemical weapons, there is a red line that must not be crossed, and if it should be crossed again, there will be another intervention", Le Drian said.

A second United States official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

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At a news conference at the Pentagon after Trump spoke on Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as "a little over double the weapons" used by the Trump administration to carry out a similar attack one year ago.

Russian Federation called for an emergency session of United Nations Security Council on Saturday.

"Last night, operations were very successful, we met our objectives, we hit the sites - the heart of the chem weapons program - so it was 'mission accomplished, '" White said. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity".

The Secretary-General also said that global investigators are ready to visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma where several militias and armies are fighting proxy wars.

Russia has warned of "consequences" after the attacks, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the strikes an "act of aggression" that could "have a destructive effect on the entire system of worldwide relations".

While Trump announced the "precision strikes" in Syria, Trudeau has ruled out any Canadian participation.

The Syrian Government has accused Washington of seeking to use it as a pretext for attacking. The attack is believed to have been ordered by the Syrian government.

Russian Federation claimed that Syrian fighters were able to bring down 71 of the 100 missiles fired at three targets in Damascus, a claim which was rebuffed and ridiculed on Saturday.

Trump made clear in his eight-minute television address that he is wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 USA troops have been deployed to fight the Islamic State.

"We urge all parties to show restraint and to avoid any further escalation in the situation".


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