UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria

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Western powers will study "options" if Syria's government again uses chemical weapons, but nothing is planned as yet, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday, after raids on Syrian targets triggered heated debate over their legality and effectiveness.

He also thanked France and Britain for their joining in the strike with the United States with "Fine Military", saying the strikes "could not have had a better result".

It said Syria had not answered questions on matters including possible remaining stocks of yperite (mustard gas) and DF (a sarin precursor), undeclared chemical weapons of small calibre and signs VX and sarin on production and loading sites.

"It was limited to specific objectives: the destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical capabilities to stop it from committing new chemical massacres".

US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, said the strikes were a "one-time shot" to send a clear message to President Bashar al-Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

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While there had been general public warnings broadcast by US President Donald Trump, Macron himself and other Western leaders, a French presidency source clarified that the French leader did not tell Russian President Vladimir Putin the allies would strike overnight when they talked over the phone on Friday.

The trilateral operations came with questionable legitimacy due to the lacking of proof that could show Syrian government behind the chemical attack, and has been widely criticised by Syria, Russia and Iran, among other nations.

The report, which provided a broad outline of the Syrian government-backed offensive supported by Russian Federation on the eastern Ghouta region over recent months, also said French services had assessed that not all Syrian government chemical stockpiles and capacities had been declared to the United Nations. "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

Syria had omitted to declare numerous activities of its Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the report said.