Britain says we had to attack Syria, strikes were highly successful

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

A USA official says a big concern is how much more sophisticated Russia's capabilities are now compared to past year. Defence secretary Gavin Wiliamson told BBC Radio 4: "Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future, but also it sends a clear message to the Syrian regime that they can not continue to use chemical weapons with impunity". She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimising civilian casualties. Mattis also said that these attacks were a "one time shot" to deter Assad from using chemical weapons against his own citizens. Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately. "It's to establish a strong deterrent against the production spread and use of chemical weapons". The gas attack, as claimed by him killed at least 40 people.

"The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed", he said.

Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons. A USA official told Reuters that Tomahawk cruise missiles also were involved.

She said: "This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the attacks were a "flagrant violation of global law" and would fail.

Among the more bombastic tweets was that of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham who wrote, "We should apply "3 strikes, you're out" to the butcher of Damascus".

The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at Shayrat Airbase last year), majority were shot down by Syria's air defense units while approaching the targets.

"The worst apprehensions have come true". Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the US, issued a response on the embassy's Facebook page.

Russia continues to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military equipment - including air-defense systems - and has sent Russian troops and paid Russian mercenaries to Syria. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

"Russia's Foreign Ministry described the strikes as an "outrageous violation" of worldwide law".

Iran warned of "regional consequences" on Saturday following the wave of punitive strikes.

President Trump did not specifically state the targets but did say the targets were associated with chemical weapon capabilities. The individuals involved in such actions should be brought to responsibility.

"That is why, with our allies, we ensured that the Russians were notified ahead of time".

Also, the Pentagon released a map displaying targets in the joint strike operation between the United States, France and the United Kingdom in Syria.

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