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Trump declares 'mission accomplished' in Syria strike

15 April 2018, 10:19 | Kelvin Horton

Trump declares 'mission accomplished' in Syria strike

Trump declares 'mission accomplished' in Syria strike

The Pentagon said it knew of no civilian casualties "at this time".

An official of a scientific research institution that was hit by the US -led missile attack on Saturday denied the facility's possession of chemical weapons.

The largest and most important target was the Barzah Research and Development Center near Damascus. His last airstrike clearly didn't stop the Assad regime from carrying out more chemical-weapons attacks over the past year.

The attack hit a site in Masyaf, about 170km north of Damascus, army depots in the eastern Qalamoun region northeast of the capital, the Kisweh area south of Damascus, and a site in the Qasyoun hills overlooking the capital.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine. The United States and its allies "were not going to let that stand", she said, adding that Mr. Trump had told her that the United States was "locked and loaded" and ready to strike again should Syria use banned weapons again.

By launching strikes without prior approval from parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May dispensed with a non-binding constitutional convention dating back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

Jawad Abu Hamzah, a journalist working with Al Jazeera in Nawa area in southern Syria, echoes Al Siofi's criticism. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the strikes were about making sure that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider worldwide commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

U.S. President Donald Trump called the operation a success on Twitter and proclaimed: "Mission accomplished".

The Pentagon rejected Russian claims that numerous missiles were shot down by Syria.

The air strikes were in response to the suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead last weekend in Douma.

Ever hopeful, rebel groups told The National before the strikes they had made plans to take advantage of United States strikes in any way possible, potentially launching operations against government forces in their wake.

The US Department of Defense says that a chemical weapons storage facility was targeted, in addition to a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post. "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster", Mr Trump said.

Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday to condemn the United States' strike against Syria.

"Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the constitution", the letter read.

"A perfectly executed strike", Trump tweeted after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

He doubled down on that position in his remarks: "Under no circumstances" will the USA remain in Syria indefinitely, he said.

"We can not purge the world of evil or act every where, there is tyranny is a troubled place".

Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack. The US mission in Syria remains to defeat ISIS and not get involved in the country's civil war, White said.

But McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime. Although the three European signatories have said that no changes can be made to the agreement itself, they think they and the United States are close to finishing a declaration outlining their joint positions on the matters.

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