Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump speaks with UK, French leaders after Syria strike

Trump speaks with UK, French leaders after Syria strike

A survivor of a Syrian gas attack in 2013 now living in the a refugee thanked President Donald Trump on Saturday for "showing true leadership and bravery" in Friday's strike on Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons operations.

USA envoy Haley also said that if Trump draws the red line, he enforces it and the U.S. will continue to sustain pressure on Syria.

Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retains "residual" capacity but gave no details about what could be left.

Asked about U.S. -Russia relations, Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

Chlorine, as a commercially available substance, was not included in the 2013 agreement.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on April 14 and were expected to begin their investigation at the site of the alleged chemical attack on April 15.

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French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the Western missile strikes. The United States and our allies must stand together on the world stage against Assad's reign of terror and to protect innocent human life.

The demonstrations in support of Assad were carried live on state TV. "So, it was mission accomplished", said White, the Pentagon spokeswoman.

Airstrikes became the response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Douma, killing 70 people.

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of global law", she said, referring to the suspected chemical attack.

- More than 100 missiles were collectively launched overnight from British, French and American forces in Syria. None of the more sophisticated air defenses that Russian Federation has positioned in Syria were employed, he said. These missiles may have come down in populated areas, he said.

The missiles struck their targets within a minute or two of each other, McKenzie said, impacting around 4am Syrian time.

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- Strikes were launched by British, French and U.S. forces at 2am Irish Time at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme. "They lost a lot of material, and that's going to have a significant effect".

The Pentagon said it knew of no civilian casualties "at this time".

Syria disputed even the most basic facts about the assault. "Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder", Haley told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Syria.

"Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

She said: "We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every worldwide norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered".

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