A perfectly executed strike, mission accomplished

A perfectly executed strike, mission accomplished

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria; he authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April a year ago in retaliation for al-Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

At the briefing, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, said three sites that are "fundamental components of the regime's chemical weapons infrastructure" were struck.

"One again, just like a year ago when the USA attacked Shayrat Airbase in Syria, a staged chemical attack against civilians was used as a pretext, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb".

US, British and French air forces launched missiles early Saturday morning to several military and civilian facilities around Damascus and in the provinces of Homs and Aleppo.

The Pentagon held a press conference following the airstrikes on Saturday, saying that the strike hit all its targets, and "attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program".

Trump's tweet Saturday morning recalled former President George W. Bush's infamous declaration, standing aboard an aircraft carrier in 2003, that the USA had accomplished its mission in Iraq. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. Could not have had a better result.

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of global law", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.

"It was limited to specific objectives: The destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical capabilities to stop it from committing new chemical massacres", said Drian.

Both the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russian Federation have denied all responsibility for the Douma attack, and Moscow slammed the "aggressive actions" of the Western coalition, but it has not yet responded militarily.

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Paris released a dossier which it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus which government forces have recaptured in this year's biggest offensive.

Damascus denies that the alleged chemical attack took place.

The combined U.S., British and French assault appeared to be more intense than the strike Trump ordered nearly exactly a year ago against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapons attack that Washington attributed to Assad.

She also said the strikes were not about "regime change".

"Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality", Trump said.

Syria said the US, French, and British strikes were an attempt to "hinder the mission's work".

"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the USA and its allies", President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.

Following the strikes, Russian Federation called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the military campaign. "This aggression will only make Syria and its people more determined to keep fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country", he said. "We thank them both", Trump said in his address to the nation. Trump's entire address on Syria airstrikesDuring his address, he also called into question the responsibilities Russian Federation and Iran have to protect innocent people.

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