Western powers to study options if Syria chemical weapons used again: UK


Although Western powers have participated in the seven-year Syrian conflict by arming rebels and bombing Islamic State fighters, they have previously refrained from attacking Assad's forces - until now because of the alleged use of chemical weapons. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred.

Since the airstrikes did not target the part of the territory controlled by the Russians, there were no casualties or damage on the Russian side, and Russia will not respond militarily for now, Azimov said and warned: "If any of the Russians is hurt, we will respond".

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night. "Instead of weakening the government, it only made it stronger", he said.

"President Assad was in absolutely positive spirits".

The action was in response to a recent deadly attack in the town of Douma.

May in her statement called it a "limited and targeted strike".

In the Mediterranean, U.S. Navy submarine the John Warner launched six missiles.

Haley sidestepped a question from Wallace of Fox News about whether any chemical attack - however small - definitely would trigger another round of airstrikes. "The United States is always there and will continue to be there", she said.

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Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed.

"Our worst apprehensions have come true".

"President Trump has lead the way on that".

Putin denounced on Saturday "with the utmost firmness" the strikes which he described as "an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism". On the other hand, US officials said they are unsure if reconstruction work in the areas will be continued or not.

Russian Federation resoundingly criticized the airstrikes as a violation of global law and warned that the airstrikes "will not be left without consequences". Washington says it has confirmed that chlorine gas was used, and has unconfirmed suspicion that nerve agents may also have been used.

But he says the recent Turkish invasion has been devastating and he says he and his wife were especially anxious to hear the president say he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. "From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position", Russia's TASS news agency quoted lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak as saying after the meeting with Assad in the Syrian capital Damascus. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized".

Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered previous year had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons.

US President Donald Trump called the operation a success. "I assure you that militarily Russian Federation is much stronger than the USA and all its satellites, but we are also much more responsible", Azimov said.