Mitch McConnell on Syria Strike: 'I Support the Action and Objective'

The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.

- President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he approved us military strikes on targets linked to the chemical weapons program of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

One site was a science research facility in Damascus, the Syrian capital, where residents said loud explosions rang out.

President Donald Trump announced Friday night that the U.S., France and Britain have launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians and to deter him from doing it again.

"The United States, a country that has the largest arsenal of chemical weapons, has no moral right to accuse other countries,"Antonov said".

Trump, meanwhile, also addressed the governments of Iran and Russian Federation, both of which support Assad. He criticized the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

Air strikes carried out by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime have been welcomed by their Western allies. Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen.

Mattis also said that any strike would not represent a shift in USA strategy in Syria, which is aimed at defeating the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Syria's internal security forces entered Douma on Saturday, April 14, state media reported, saying the final rebel holdout on the edge of Damascus would be secured within "hours". He was reportedly persuaded by his daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, who was "heartbroken and outraged" by the images of the chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. In 2011, Obama declared that Assad must go, but he never found a way to enforce that wish at an acceptable cost. This time, the government says they have proof that Syria was behind the chemical attack, although the Syrian government and Russian government both deny involvement.

In the six days between the attack and the US-led response, Washington and Moscow clashed repeatedly in duelling press statements and U.S. debates.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of global relations", he added. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

"And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America", he said.

Other strikes targeted an army depot near Homs. In the days since the suspected attack, the president has repeatedly warned that a military strike was on the table.

According to all worldwide norms, this is a violation of all global rights, a declaration of war to a sovereign state, Sputnik news agency quoted Sherin as saying.

And he stressed the need "the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control".

It said three civilians were wounded in the Homs attacks but did not give a toll for Damascus or mention any combatant casualties.

Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russian Federation apparently did not, the USA said, despite a threat from the country's ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow's forces would do so.

But other advisors want to use the opportunity to convince Trump, who wants to pull U.S. forces out of Syria once the Islamic State jihadist group is defeated, to take a tough stance. "The combined American, French and British response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power".

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