Syria Says It Responded to US-led Missile Strikes

Syria Says It Responded to US-led Missile Strikes

Syria Says It Responded to US-led Missile Strikes

He said the Russian air defence assets in Syria monitored the strike but did not engage any of the missiles.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP spokesman for defence, said joining in an allied attack on Syria was "not a fearless or strong" decision by Mrs May. The territory where the Russian military bases are located were not touched.

- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of global law and shows contempt for worldwide legitimacy". Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes. Former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband, now head of humanitarian relief group the International Rescue Committee, said military action needed to be part of a wider political strategy.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement saying he supported the airstrikes.

On April 6, 2017, the Trump administration launched strikes on a Syrian-government airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

The targets included research centers in Damascus believed to have produced chemical weapons.

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime. They will lose years of research and development, storage and equipment", Dunford said.

Col Gen Rudskoi said the Syrian military used Soviet-era air defence missile systems with high efficiency, shooting down all of the missiles aimed at four key Syrian air bases.

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic", Trump said.

Russian Federation had issued a warning on Tuesday saying that any USA missiles fired at Syria over the assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

While insisting that the military action was a direct outcome of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, May also alluded to the use of a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said Syria had left the allies no choice.

It does not appear that there are any follow up strikes now planned based on the available information at the time.

But the White House says later that no final decisions on a response have been made.

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future".

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented". Again, the idea was to show Assad that the U.S. would not tolerate such actions and thus deter him from ever doing so again.

"The military operation was necessary and appropriate to preserve the effectiveness of the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations", she said in a statement voicing support for the joint US, UK and French action. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris", Antonov said.

A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters that the Syrian government and its allies had "absorbed" the attack, and that targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russian Federation.

"Russia had a choice - either to risk and respond militarily, which is very unsafe because you can lose, or what is happening now".

"Nobody should doubt British resolve", she added.

Meanwhile, an official with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria said pro-regime and Russian forces in Syria are showing no signs of retaliation against United States and coalition troops in the country. Another official said that targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks.

France's defense minister, Florence Parly, tweeted a video of what she wrote was a naval cruise missile being launched from a French frigate in the Mediterranean.

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