Missiles strike destroyed large part of Syria chemical arsenal

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The US actions include a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase past year after an apparent sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed almost 100 people.

The Syrian envoy said the airstrikes were aimed at preventing the OPCW investigation of the alleged incident in Douma and rhetorically asked why the three Western powers did not provide any evidence to the OPCW ahead of their attack on Syria.

Hounded by controversies related to a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, Trump stayed out of the public eye much of this week, locked in White House Situation Room meetings about Syria.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

The Pentagon said Saturday that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

Russian Federation angrily accused Britain, France and the USA, the three nations involved in the airstrikes - all permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - of committing a "military crime" and convened an emergency session of the Security Council, the fifth this week.

US President Donald Trump declared it was "mission accomplished" after the overnight bombing campaign in Syria.

He claimed back then that the air field had been the origin of a suspected sarin gas attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria's Idlib Province on April 4, 2017.

"The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent".

Mrs Merkel said the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the worldwide rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

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Images from the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe now appear to show at least two of these three sites - the Barzeh Research and Development Center and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage complex - before and after the strikes.

Haley expressed confidence that the recent military strikes against Syria had crippled what she called "Syria's chemical weapons program". Its Defense Ministry said that a dozen cruise missiles had targeted Dumayr air base.

The US Defence Department has said airstrikes on Syria had struck all of their targets and none of the coalition's planes or ship-launched missiles had been intercepted by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Britain's Defense Ministry said that a facility outside Homs where Syria was believed to keep the precursors for chemical weapons was also targeted.

She also stated that Assad's actions in April 2017 by gassing his own people and on April 7, 2018, gassing his own people again, show Assad has abandoned Sryia's commitment to the worldwide agreements that Assad committed to. Analysts and diplomats said the strikes were unlikely to change the trajectory of the conflict.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White defended Trump's victory lap at a Saturday briefing.

She stressed: "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

McKenzie defended the attacks in response to questions about the proof that Assad had used chemical weapons on civilians.

But she says, "We can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law".

Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.

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