United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

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United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off. Could not have had a better result. The U.S. military avoided hitting targets that could send clouds of deadly gas into the air. "Mission Accomplished!" he declared.

Syria's chief allies, Russian Federation and Iran, called the use of force by the United States, Britain and France a "military crime" and "act of aggression" with the potential to worsen a humanitarian crisis after years of civil war. Moscow criticised the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.

The Syrian government posted a video of its leader, Bashar al-Assad, walking into his offices the morning after the strikes.

It remains to be seen if Russian Federation will eventually move to align Syria with the 2013 agreement.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, also says there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria. The United States has been intervening directly in Syrian domestic affairs since 2011, when then-Ambassador Robert Ford toured the country in support of the anti-government protests; the United States has been funneling arms to the radical jihadi opposition since at least 2012; a year ago the Trump administration lobbed a series of cruise missiles against Syria; the U.S. military now has upwards of 2,000 troops stationed on the ground, in violation of worldwide law.

"As of now, we're not aware of any civilian casualties", McKenzie said, noting all of the allied missiles had successfully reached their targets.

Despite being in the area, the Cook didn't fire a shot - and it possibly served as a distraction while cruise missiles poured in from ships, submarines, and jets in an attack that the Pentagon says succeeded in that each hit.

Despite the claims, Trump and US military officials are standing by their original assessment that all 105 cruise missiles launched by the United States, Britain and France hit their intended targets within just two minutes of each other. Syria has denied the accusation.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives planned a special session to hear from U.S., British and French officials.

But they have made none of that evidence public, even after they, along with Britain, carried out air strikes on Saturday, bombing sites they said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme.

A photograph released Sunday by DigitalGlobe, an American company that specializes in space imaging, appears to show what remains of the Barzah Research and Development Center in Damascus after being struck.

If President Trump's stated message is "Mission Accomplished", his unstated message is: The monster Bashar al-Assad is free to kill as many if not all of his citizens as long as he does not use chemical weapons. That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were now planned.

"And now we see, who is really backward", Assad was quoted as saying by a Russian MP refering to his military's ability top down most of the missiles. Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog group were in Damascus and had been expected to head to Douma on Saturday. -Russian agreement, President Assad of Syria was again using chemical weapons. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

White also said Russian Federation has begun a disinformation campaign on the situation.

The United States, France and Britain have launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a US military response.

Like numerous Syrian residents, refugees and exiles HuffPost UK spoke to, Eid supports military intervention that would remove Assad and allow space for Syrians themselves to take part in free and fair elections.

But Russia and Syria begged to differ, saying missile defenses took out 71 of the 105 missiles fired.

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