Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons: British PM

Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons: British PM

Former PM David Cameron, who lost a vote in 2013 on taking action in Syria, said Mrs May was right to take action. Near Damascus a scientific research center in Barzeh on Mount Qasioun was struck.

"This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he said. The Syrian government has denied the accusations. Trump also warned Russia and Iran not to stand by their ally in Damascus."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", he argued.

France President Emmanuel Macron said the response was "limited to the Syrian regime's capabilities to produce and use chemical weapons". He is not giving details about what equipment is involved in the operation or what sites it is targeting.

US President Donald Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria April 13, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC.

In a possible reference to North Korea, Abe said the threat of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons is also becoming more serious in East Asia, and Japan will work with the United States and the global community to keep the region peaceful and stable.

Gen Dunford said the United States had specifically identified targets that would "mitigate" the risk of Russian casualties. Fox News reported that USA military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the strikes, which the United Kingdom and France participated in, would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

He adds ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".

Three sites were hit - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or testing of chemical weapons. That means the B-1s would not have needed to expose themselves to Syria air defenses to make their strikes.

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The strikes on Syria were launched at 9 p.m. ET Friday, the early hours of Saturday morning for Europe and the Middle East.

That appeared to contradict Trump's own pledge that the United States, France and Britain would sustain the military campaign until Assad stops using prohibited chemical agents.

Mr Putin has been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with Russian military forces helping in the Syrian leader's conflict with rebel forces. Trump wants the Pentagon to withdraw US troops after the Kurdish-led militia Washington is backing in Syria finishes off the remnants of the Islamic State terror group.

Trump has signaled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

The US and its allies deployed 22 missiles against a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, and some seven missiles at another chemical weapons bunker in the same area, he added.

However, the Tomahawk cruise missile has been the military's go-to weapon in past such operations, including the one the Trump administration launched a year ago in Syria, when 58 of the Tomahawks hit a Syria airfield after a previous use of chemical weapons by the Syria regime.

On the night of last week's suspected chemical attack, a network of local flight monitors had tracked Syrian government helicopters circling the skies above the city of Douma in the minutes before the deadliest attack was reported.

Intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the Syrian government was behind the attack on Saturday, according to the PM.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night.

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