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Syria downs most missiles of US, UK, France - Russia

Syria downs most missiles of US, UK, France - Russia

The U.S., France, and Britain announced a joint operation against Assad regime, a week after an alleged chemical attack outside the capital Damascus that was said to have left more than 40 people dead.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

In Moscow, the Defense Ministry accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in Douma, a Syrian town outside Damascus.

Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war in 2015 and has backed the Assad regime. Again, the idea was to show Assad that the United States would not tolerate such actions and thus deter him from ever doing so again. "This year, we and our allies have struck harder", he said. Attacking Syria is a crime.

Tonight, I want to speak with you about why we have taken this action.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that the alliance "considers the use of chemical weapons unacceptable".

The British Prime Minister insisted that military action against Bashar Assad's regime was a limited strike in response to the "harrowing" chemical weapons attack in Douma and was not about regime change.

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.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", Mrs May told a press conference.

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls Macron on April 13 to warn against any "dangerous actions" with "unpredictable consequences", the Kremlin says.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British armed forces "to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

"We are watching what Russians do in the next 24 hours", the official said, adding that there will be intelligence collection to see what Russians are up to in the wake of the strikes, such as turning on their systems or talking about retaliating.

Putin warns Macron against any 'dangerous actions' in Syria
The group is said to have shot a video of the hospital as people were in panic. "We know who did this. The scale of the US -led retaliation on Assad may well determine how Russian Federation responds.

A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

The first target, they said, was a research center involved in the development and production of chemical and biological weapons.

In his remarks, Trump said he holds Russian Federation directly responsible for the attack on Douma, saying Moscow failed to live up to its 2013 promise to guarantee Syria eliminated its arsenal of chemical weapons. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 per cent of the Syrian Air Force.

Syria's air defences "were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago", the ministry said.

Following the announcement, the United States said strikes had been launched at 9pm EST (2am BST) and had destroyed important infrastructure at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

Damascus and two locations near Homs were targeted due to their alleged use as chemical weapons sites.

A chemical weapons storage facility, located west of Homs.

It said that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its Hmeimim air base and naval facility in Tartus. Russian Federation is calling for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the United States and its allies, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said in a statement.

Allegations of Assad's chlorine use are frequent in Syria's conflict, raising questions about whether Washington had lowered the threshold for military action in Syria by now deciding to strike after a chlorine gas attack.

Mattis, who US officials said had earlier warned in internal debates that too large an attack would risk a confrontation with Russian Federation, described the strikes as a one-off to dissuade Assad from "doing this again".

May said the missile strike, created to minimize civilian casualties, was aimed at deterring further use of chemical weapons and was not an attempt to topple the Syrian government.

This means jets could strike without having to fly over Syria and avoid anti-aircraft defenses.


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