Syria air strikes: what do we know so far?

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any USA -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

She and other residents described hearing a volley of fire in the morning, and seeing plumes of thick smoke emerging from the city's north and east.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the response was "limited to the Syrian regime's capabilities to produce and use chemical weapons".

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the USA believed it would send al-Assad a strong message.

The strikes early on Saturday came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of global rules and laws". Russian Federation is a key ally of the Assad government.

Still, the strikes Friday risk drawing the USA deeper into the Syrian conflict, and could further heighten tensions between the US and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any US missiles launched at the Syrian government.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off.

Syrian state TV said three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.

But the Pentagon said that worry had eased after the United States learned that the Syria strikes had not resulted in any Russian casualties.

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the United States military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them".

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep". The Syrian government said it would facilitate the mission's investigation, which was to begin Saturday. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators".

The US was also anxious that the strikes would prompt a confrontation with Syria's biggest military ally: Russian Federation.

Taking umbrage at Trump's accusing President Vladimir Putin in his speech of not living up to a promise to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, Antonov added, "Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

British PM Theresa May also supported the US-led air strikes on Syria by calling them a "clear message" against the use of chemical weapons.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war", she said.

The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at Shayrat Airbase last year), majority were shot down by Syria's air defense units while approaching the targets. French and British warplanes also fired long-range missiles, while a British submarine launched cruise missiles.

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