Britain joins Syria strikes to deter chemical attacks

Britain joins Syria strikes to deter chemical attacks

US President Donald Trump has won accolades for leading air and missile strikes in Syria, carried out by the US, UK and France in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

Haley said the "locked and loaded" for another missile strike if there is another chemical attack in Syria.

They also said the airstrikes in Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7 were successful and necessary to deter the further use of these weapons.

On Saturday Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron huddled by telephone to discuss their joint action.

A second USA official said Britain, France and the US are confident that the inspectors' eventual report will confirm their findings that chlorine was used, likely in conjunction with sarin.

- Downing Street has published a document setting out why it says military action against the Syrian regime was legal, stating it has met three conditions permitted under worldwide law.

He wrote "Mission Accomplished!" on Twitter, a phrase that brought immediate comparisons to President George W Bush's misplaced optimism following the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"Russia's Foreign Ministry described the strikes as an "outrageous violation" of global law".

Moscow slammed the "aggressive actions" of the Western coalition but has not yet responded militarily.

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Allegations of blame: Western allies accused the Russian-backed Syrian regime of being behind the attack.

Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, countered that Russia's track record of vetoing Security Council resolutions created to rein in the Assad government had given the Syrian leader "a green light" for the use of "barbaric weapons".

"If this step does not succeed, we will be prepared to act again", an official said on the call, echoing what other top administration officials emphasized on Saturday. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of U.S. missiles a year ago.

In a press briefing at the Pentagon Saturday, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. confirmed the three distinct targets - a research facility, a weapons depot and a command center. "If there were chemical weapons, we would need to wear masks and take other protective measures to be staying here", he said.

The US is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, America's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

They wish Trump had waited for inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Warfare to confirm chemical weapons were really used before he ordered the airstrikes on Syria.

Russian Federation has declared victory three times in Syria and thwarted global efforts for a political transition and Assad's eventual departure, said Maksad. Paris released a dossier that it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus that government forces have recaptured this year.

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