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US, Allies Target Chemical Weapons

US, Allies Target Chemical Weapons

Unlike previous year, France and Britain joined the United States in retaliating for the suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma, outside Damascus, on April 7, but Germany refused to take part, even though Chancellor Angela Merkel called the use of chemical weapons "unacceptable". "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

Trump singled out Syria's biggest worldwide supporters, Russian Federation and Iran, for failing to stop the Syrian regime's use of banned chemical weapons.

"The American President, the French President and the British Prime Minister are criminals, they will gain nothing from it".

The assessment notes eight chlorine attacks ahead of the "major attack" on Douma and 44 allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria over the past year. He said Syrian surface to air missile batteries had attempted to fire back, but there were no initial reports of any allied losses.

The Pentagon said there were three targets: a chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

Trump however added that the U.S.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Friday evening's actions were a response to a chemical weapon attack on the town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, last Saturday.

President Emmanuel Macron says France has "proof" the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and would respond.

"The worldwide community has the responsibility to identify and hold accountable those responsible of any attack with chemical weapons".

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"I do believe the majority of the Syrian people would like to see the end of the Syrian regime", said Shalabi.

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

Mattis, who USA officials said had earlier warned in internal debates against too large an attack that would risk confrontation with Russian Federation, described the strikes as a "one time shot" to dissuade Assad from "doing this again".

A policeman moves a protester who was blocking traffic along Whitehall near Downing Street in London, Friday, as she take part in a small demonstration organized against possible military intervention or bombing by western allies in Syria. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace". Its precise intended target in Israel was not known, they said. He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles. These are not the actions of a man.

The US-led airstrikes against Syria earlier in the day are most likely the last show of force before an inevitable withdrawal, a spokesman for the Moscow platform of the Syrian opposition Mohannad Dlykan told Sputnik.

"Syrian means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, Buk and Kvadrat were used in the repelling the missile strike".

He said Syria's air defences were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

He wrote on Twitter: "The PM has engaged United Kingdom forces in gesture bombing, with no major global consensus and no long term plan to halt the use of chemical weapons or deliver peace".

It remains unclear, however, whether the latest strikes will be able to convince Assad and his powerful supporters that they must reconsider their approach.


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