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United States 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses toxic gas again

United States 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses toxic gas again

For the second time in just over a year, Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A Syrian soldier inspects the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in the Barzeh district north of Damascus, during a press tour organised by the Syrian government after US-led strikes. "This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

Members of the coalition, including the leaders of America, the United Kingdom, and France, have all claimed that these attacks were done in response to the chemical attacks in Douma just this past weekend.

As per reports, as of now, around 40 people have been killed in the attack till now.

U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".

"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.

President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the military and allied forces for a "perfectly executed strike". "Could not have had a better result", Trump tweeted Saturday.

"Mission Accomplished!" Trump also tweeted.

"We met our objectives". Although Bush did not utter the phrase during his televised address, he stood under a "Mission Accomplished" banner and spoke of how the United States and its allies had "prevailed".

The facilities had however reportedly been evacuated in recent days.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores worldwide law", White said. Thankfully all US troops involved in the operation appeared to have come through it without casualties.

Support from elsewhere in Europe was more muted, with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni saying his country didn't provide its usual logistical support to western military operations in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Mattis says the United States, along with France and the United Kingdom, struck because Syrian President Bashar Assad "did not get the message" when the US launched airstrikes after a chemical attack in 2017. He criticized the U.S. and its allies for launching the strikes without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area. "A lot has been destroyed in last night's strikes".

USA officials say intelligence information and forensic samples obtained from victims indicate that Syria used chlorine gas in the attack.

Still, Trump warned in his televised address of a readiness to "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", though he didn't specify what that meant. The US mission in Syria remains to defeat ISIS and not get involved in the country's civil war, White said.

The Syrian envoy said the airstrikes were aimed at preventing the OPCW investigation of the alleged incident in Douma and rhetorically asked why the three Western powers did not provide any evidence to the OPCW ahead of their attack on Syria. Russian officials had said US and Russian military staffs remained in contact regarding Syria, even as Russian media carried stories in recent days about the potential outbreak of "World War III" as a outcome of a USA airstrike against Assad.

Syria state TV, however, claimed that three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air-defense systems.

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.

Four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s joined the co-ordinated missile strikes at 2am, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs. "It shot down American arrogance", said Nedher Hammoud, 48.

Thousands of rebels and civilians have since been bussed out of the town under a Russian-brokered deal.

"The whole world is looking at you", Nebenzia said.

Jaish al-Islam, the group that held Douma, said it only abandoned the town because of the chemical attack. The strikes were his first major military involvement since taking office previous year.

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

Syria's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Saturday's strikes as a "brutal, barbaric aggression", saying they would only ignite "tensions in the world and pose threat to the global peace and security as a whole".

An effort by Russian Federation to secure United Nations condemnation of the strikes failed in the Council, only winning three of the nine votes needed for adoption.