What we know about the Syria air strikes so far

What we know about the Syria air strikes so far

What we know about the Syria air strikes so far

British had no alternative but to take military action to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capability, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday after ordering air-launched cruise missile strikes along with the United States and France, Reuters reports.

"Mission Accomplished" he remarked, as it was announced all USA missiles hit three targets that were involved in the production, development and storage of chemical weapons.

May cast the strike as "limited and targeted" and came after intelligence indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for an attack using chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago.

A US -led attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round of strikes, said a senior official in the regional alliance that has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war.

Trump tweeted about what he calls "a perfectly executed strike" against Syria.

President Trump, who said that the strikes were meant to be a "strong deterrent" against chemical warfare, now says "mission accomplished" and there "could not have had a better result". Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi on Saturday said Russian Federation may consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria.

Syria and Russian Federation have condemned the air strike, denying President Bashar Assad's forces did not use chemical weapons.

He said the airstrikes were launched against several sites that helped provide al-Assad with the ability to create chemical weapons.

France's defence minister has ruled out "confrontation" and "escalation" following its joint military operation with the United States and United Kingdom that attacked "targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" in Syria.

Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.

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Both leaders denounced the "cruel and abhorrent" attack by the Syrian regime on the town of Douma last Saturday.

Arab media opposed to the Assad government claimed an alleged chemical weapons research facility near Damascus was destroyed in the overnight strikes.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. responded by saying the attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences".

The current escalation of the situation in Syria "has a destructive effect on the whole system of worldwide relations", the Kremlin said.

Trump said the operation would be conducted in cooperation with the militaries of France and Britain.

Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France had proof the Syrian government carried out the Douma attack and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered.

Friday's joint airstrikes hit three targets associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapon program, including a scientific research center in Damascus, chemical weapon storage facilities and a command post.

Dunford said that manned US aircraft were used in the military operation and that the strike was planned to minimize the risk of casualties among Russia's military forces in Syria. Hearing explosions and watching Syrian military surface-to-air missiles streak through the skies, many in Syria suspected a large-scale US-led intervention was underway.

The attack also drew criticism from many of Trump's most ardent supporters in the US.

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