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US, France, UK to brief North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies today on Syria strikes

US, France, UK to brief North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies today on Syria strikes

Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Although the operation was secretly unfolding for hours before the first impact, it only took minutes from the first to the last detonation from 105 precision-guided missile strikes on three Syrian chemical weapons targets, officials said.

US President Donald Trump lauded the "perfectly executed" strike, the biggest worldwide attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime during Syria's seven-year war, but both Damascus and Syria's opposition rubbished its impact.

Meanwhile, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told CBS' "Face the Nation" program that the United States would announce new economic sanctions on Monday aimed at companies "that were dealing with equipment" related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons use.

"We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets", he said.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the USA military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado pilot returns to its base on Cyprus after completing its mission in Syria on April 14. He said the airstrikes haven't caused any casualties.

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President Donald Trump speaks about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

The airstrikes are a "dangerous development", which could be be exploited by "terrorists", Iraq's foreign ministry said.

Three areas were targeted in the strike: a scientific research centre in the greater Damascus area, a chemical storage facility west of Homs and a command post site in the vicinity of the Homs target, thought to be used for chemical weapons storage.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Assad in a phone call that Iran "stands by Syria", the Syrian presidency said on Saturday.

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday that Western strikes on Syria had failed to achieve anything, including terrorizing the army, helping insurgents or serving the interests of Israel.

The USA, France and Britain presented a new draft resolution on the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria in the UN Security Council, as AFP reported.

"This action gives a strong signal to extremists and militants that they are doing right things", RIA quoted Maria Zakharova as saying.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement condemning last week's attack on Douma in the "strongest possible terms".


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