Germany's Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as 'necessary and appropriate'

GETTYAround 4,000 Syrians have been reported as missing by German BAMF

GETTYAround 4,000 Syrians have been reported as missing by German BAMF

President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the pre-dawn strikes against Syria's regime carried out jointly by the US, Britain and France, saying they "could not have had a better result".

He said Germany is in touch with France on the chemical attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

"Could not have had a better result".

On Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., the United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the al-Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities.

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot" with no additional military action planned for now.

Germany won't participate in possible military action in Syria, but supports sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

Germany will join France to push for a new global effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday, criticising Russian Federation for repeatedly blocking U.N. Security Council action on the war.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas portrayed Russia's veto of 12 resolutions in the United Nations Security Council as evidence that the Kremlin is prolonging the war in Syria. "Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", he said. "The military intervention was necessary and appropriate", Merkel said in a statement.

"Germany will strongly support all diplomatic steps in this direction", - assured the Chancellor.

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