World leaders react to joint Syria airstrikes


The United States military teamed up with forces from Britain and France to strike several targets in Syria, including three facilities used to develop and store chemical weapons. "A lot has been destroyed in last night's strikes".

It's decisive and deliberate action against the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that killed innocent Syrian civilians, including defenseless children.

Mr. Trump described a very specific type of target that the USA would go after, which are Syria's chemical weapon capabilities.

The strikes were aimed at "chemical weapons infrastructure" in what the USA billed as a warning against Assad employing such weapons in the future - a warning he has been accused of flouting in the past.

The vote reflected the deep divisions in the UN's most powerful body, which has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.

Douma was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday.

Vladimir Putin called the missile strikes an "act of aggression against a sovereign state" and claimed they were against the United Nation charter.

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"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway".

Both Russia and Iran condemned the airstrikes.

Behind closed doors, Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken past year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russian Federation and Iran, officials said.

Friday night, President Trump announced the USA had launched "precision" military strikes against targets inside Syria linked to recent chemical attacks. "Mission Accomplished!" Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Prime Minister said the Cabinet had taken advice from the Attorney General, National Security Adviser and military chiefs when it met on Thursday.

Russia's US embassy released a statement saying "all responsibility" lies with Washington, London and Paris and the military action will "not be left without consequences".

Trump added that Britain, France "have ave marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality". Russian Federation will convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions by the U.S. and its allies, the statement from Kremlin said.