Trump Orders 'Sustained' Strikes On Syria Until Stops Using Chemical Weapons

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Trump Orders 'Sustained' Strikes On Syria Until Stops Using Chemical Weapons

The Pentagon said Saturday that the USA -led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets and have "significantly crippled" Syrian President Bashar Assad's ability to make more chemical weapons.

Noting that he ordered air strikes a year ago over a previous Syrian toxic gas attack that killed almost 100 people, Trump said the latest "massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

The U.S. -led coalition is being called the biggest intervention in Syria's civil war by Western powers since the conflict began in 2011.

"Russia in the most serious way condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military servicemen help the legitimate government to fight terrorism", he said.

Assad's forces last week conducted an alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead in the rebel-held city of Douma.

On Saturday, Trump called the strike "perfectly executed", on Twitter, writing, "mission accomplished!".

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway".

He added: 'Could not have had a better result.

The US has acted to punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons such as sarin and chlorine gas on Syrian civilians.

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Syrian media called the attacks "a flagrant violation of global law" and said the Syrian military was countering them with anti-aircraft weapons and had shot down 13 missiles.

The administration was also prepared for a sustained campaign to prevent Syrian or others from using chemical weapons, which are banned by worldwide treaties.

McKenzie identified the targets as Barzah Research and Development, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site and the Him Shinshar Bunker Facility.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, countered that Russia's track record of vetoing Security Council resolutions created to rein in the Assad government had given the Syrian leader "a green light" for the use of "barbaric weapons".

The Prime Minister also warned Russian Federation that the air strikes should act as a warning to Russian Federation over its use of chemical weapons.

The US Defence Department has said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition's planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Four RAF Tornado jets, operating from Akrotiri, Cyprus, each delivered a "Storm Shadow" missile at a target 15 miles west of Homs.

American officials and their European allies were careful to characterise the attack as a one-off strike created to deter Mr Assad from using chemical weapons again. "It is not about regime change".

Trump called on both Russian Federation and Iran to stop supporting Assad's "murderous" and "terrible regime".

The UN Security Council called an emergency session for Saturday morning at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had denied that Syria used chemical weapons and strongly condemned the attacks as destabilizing global order.

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