Hours after striking Syria, the United States, France and Britain on Saturday (April 14) launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. President Donald Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.
Al Siofi said the world is still missing the more important issue: That civilians are dying at an alarming rate in Syria because of non-chemical weapons.
Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said that the missiles had struck at the "heart" of key facilities.
The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted.
US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the recent joint missile strikes against Syria and agreed to continue the worldwide fight against Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russian Federation, the White House press service said.
Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday. Both facilities are located near Homs, north of Damascus.More news: Stormy Daniels May Appear At Cohen Hearing, Says Lawyer
In addition, U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, he said.
McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over.
The US State Department said the United States has proof at "a very high level of confidence" that the Syrian government carried out the attack but is still working to identify the mix of chemicals used. Speaking Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his support of the joint American, British and French military operation but said more must be done to hold the Syrian regime accountable for the hundreds of thousands killed using conventional weapons. -Russian relations have soured, and the two nuclear powers have raised the ante, getting dangerously close to a potential military clash in Syria.
In his speech, he said that the USA and its allies would respond to Assad's "atrocities" through an integrated approach- using their combined military, economic and diplomatic power.
Hours before Trump's announcement on Friday, 88 Republican and Democratic members of Congress signed a letter imploring the president to consult Congress prior to engaging USA armed forces.
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The military officials said they were confident that Syrian government installations that produced chlorine gas and sarin, a nerve agent, were destroyed or damaged. The Pentagon said it had launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles at three chemical weapons and storage facilities near Damascus, the Syrian capital, and Homs, another major city. "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster", Mr Trump said.
He doubled down on that position in his remarks: "Under no circumstances" will the USA remain in Syria indefinitely, he said.
The building was central to Bashar Al-Assad's chemical weapons program.
Meanwhile, NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance back the airstrikes on Syria as a effect of the country conducting a suspected chemical attack against its civilians last weekend. "We can not purge the world of evil, or act everywhere there is tyranny".
The United States, Britain and France have all participated in the Syrian conflict for years, arming rebels, bombing Islamic State fighters and deploying troops on the ground to fight that group.
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