US, UK and France Launch Military Strikes on Syria

May of Britain this week. Credit Niklas Halle'N  Agence France Presse — Getty Images

May of Britain this week. Credit Niklas Halle'N Agence France Presse — Getty Images

Her remarks came almost a week after Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in a town outside Damascus - and hours after the United States., U.K. and France launched strikes against targets in Syria in response.

US President Donald Trump addresses the nation on the situation in Syria April 13, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC.

AFP´s correspondent in the city said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead.

Witnesses saw blasts surrounding much of the Syrian capital and a huge fire could be seen from a distance to the east.

The Pentagon has said US-led strikes on Syria successfully hit every target, dealing a "severe blow" to President Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons programme.

France and the United Kingdom joined us in the attacks.

"We are losing billions and billions of dollars", Trump said during his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Trump called the attack "evil" and "despicable", saying that it left mothers, fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man.

"What is the benefit of such an action by the West if it does not yield the immediate halting of all violence and crimes against the Syrian people", said Raphael Pitti, a French doctor and activist.

The Pentagon said that 105 missiles all hit their respective targets, destroying three of Assad's chemical weapons facilities. Barzah is the location of a major Syrian scientific research center.

A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that "all military bases were evacuated a few days ago" after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.

Sharif Shehadeh, a former Syrian lawmaker, said the attack had backfired.

Pentagon officials say the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

But US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday that the missiles were a "one-time shot" for now, and that the strike sent a "strong message" to "deter" Assad from carrying out another chemical attack.

Iran, which has also backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad since the conflict began in 2011, also warned of "regional consequences". "Russian Federation must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations... hopefully some day we will get along with Russian Federation and maybe even Iran, but maybe not". He said the attack "to these atrocities is legitimate and proportionate". However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year, " said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis says there are no reports of US losses in what he describes as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Moscow has denounced the attack on its ally by the U.S., Britain and France.

The Prime Minister also warned Russian Federation that the air strikes should act as a warning to Russian Federation over its use of chemical weapons.

"We can not protect countries all over the world where they're not paying us what we need".

The western leaders apparently found this convincing enough reason to launch a punitive strike, but other observers are concerned that the crisis could escalate.

President Donald Trump declared "mission accomplished" in Friday night's strike on three Syria targets and argued that it "could not have had a better result".

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Antonov said.

"Macron says in a statement Saturday that France's "red line has been crossed" after a suspected chemical attack last week in the Syrian town of Douma".

Syrian state-run media claimed the missiles directed toward a target in Homs were "thwarted and diverted from their path, and injured three civilians".

Asked about the risks of us military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances.

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