'Precision strikes': Trump's speech on why the US attacked Syria

'Precision strikes': Trump's speech on why the US attacked Syria

'Precision strikes': Trump's speech on why the US attacked Syria

In a televised statement Saturday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said UK forces had undertaken a "limited and targeted strike" and that there had been "no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime".

Syrian air defenses shot down 13 missiles fired in the US -led attack on the country on Saturday, Syrian state TV said.

The president said the US would aim to hit sites "associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" of Assad's regime. "Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval (and) should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

"We believe that the strikes we have taken last night have had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future", Williamson said.

Trump continued: "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".

May referred specifically to last month's nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury that she has blamed on Russian Federation. Again, the idea was to show Assad that the USA would not tolerate such actions and thus deter him from ever doing so again.

A series of missile strikes have been launched against Syria by the US, UK and France - as Russian Federation warned that the allies' intervention "will not be left without consequences".

Syrian state media said the attack would fail and called it a "flagrant violation of worldwide law".

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Russian Federation - a key ally of the Assad government - is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the United States and its allies, he said.

These strikes are a retaliation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's poison gas attack that killed around 60 people last week in Syria.

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus and smoke was seen rising over the city, a Reuters witness said. Another eyewitness say that Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma rather than wait for instructions from Trump on how to proceed.

It said that 12 cruise missiles were fired at an airfield close to Damascus and all were intercepted by Syria's air defenses.

At a Pentagon news conference alongside Mattis, and with British and French military officers beside them to emphasize allied unity, Dunford said the attacks targeted mainly three targets in western Syria.

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) - France said on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike Syrian government targets again if the chemical red line was crossed, but that no new strikes were planned at this stage, adding that it would renew a push for peace through dialogue with Russian Federation. Britain's defense ministry said initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack".

Asked what chemicals were used in the weekend attack, Mattis confirmed that chlorine gas had been used and did not rule out the nerve agent sarin.

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One of those voicing the accusation in the Russian press on Saturday was Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Russian parliament's committee on foreign affairs.

Mattis said the assault was a "one-time shot", so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons. There has been no other official Israeli response yet.

The United States has also rebuilt our friendships across the Middle East. These strikes will send Assad-and his puppet master, Putin and enabler Iran-a clear message: the world will not stand by idly while they commit these atrocities.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", Trump said from the White House.

An Israeli official said Saturday that the combined strike on Syria upheld USA president Donald Trump's red line: "Last year, Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line", he said.

As of Friday evening, the White House had not provided any readout of the "deputies level" national security meeting, but White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN that the president has also been in constant communication with allies, including the British and French, expected to partner with us military forces in the event of a strike.

Parly said cruise missiles were fired and an air raid was launched from multiple air bases in France, the AP reported.

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