President Trump tweets about Syria strikes: 'Mission Accomplished!'

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Tom Nicholson Global Look Press

Trump announced from the White House on Friday night that the USA, in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, had launched strikes on Syria following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The three allies will brief North Atlantic Treaty Organisation envoys on Saturday about their co-ordinated airstrikes.

"The Arab Republic of Egypt expresses its solidarity with the brotherly Syrian people in their aspirations to live in security and stability", the ministry said in a statement.

It said the Syrian regime has been using chemical weapons since 2013, killing almost 1,000 civilians and injuring hundreds more which "constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity".

Since the US and its allies attacked Syria Friday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on its own people, there has been a significant surge in Russian trolls promoting fake news, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

Continuing: "This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as USA defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

"This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said.

"As Secretary Mattis said last night, the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press conference. After that attack, President Donald Trump promised to exact a "big price" on the Assad regime.

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado comes into land at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on Saturday after conducting strikes in support of Operations over the Middle East. First, the United States strikes may not stop Assad from using chemical weapons, or turn the the tide of seven-year-long civil war.

The images shown on Al-Ikhbariya TV are the first of one of the targets.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, joined by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, speaks at the Pentagon, Friday, April 13, 2018, on the USA military response, along with France and Britain, in response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

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The BJP General Secretary said the development would had no bearing on the alliance of two ruling parties in the state. But both these ministers cleared that it was not their intention to interfere in the Crime Branch investigation.

European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc "supports all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons".

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. The Pentagon clarified on Saturday that this year's strikes involved 105 missiles, compared to 59 last year.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month said he wants "to keep away" from the conflict between the United States and Iran. McKenzie also noted Syria could reconstitute its program and the strikes didn't take out all of Syria's chemical weapons facilities, which means Assad could use chemical weapons on civilians again in the future.

The U.S. has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria as advisers to a makeshift group of anti-Islamic State fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the military action against Syria was "legally questionable" and makes real accountability for war crimes less likely.

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.

"We call on Russian Federation to take a hard look at the company it keeps and live up to its responsibilities as a permanent member of the council and defend the actual principles the United Nations was meant to promote", she said.

The Russian president has since called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the recent events.

It was almost exactly one year ago that the US carried out airstrikes on Syria, marking one of Mr. Trump's most decisive actions in office at the time. The National spoke to Brian Stewart with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Thom Nichols, a professor at the U.S Naval War college where he teaches on national security, to get their thoughts on the potential fallout of the co-ordinated strikes.

Russian Federation reacted with fury to the attacks with President Vladimir Putin denouncing the airstrikes as an "act of aggression".

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