United States occupies one-third of Syria - Damascus envoy to UN

Kremlin Press Service

Kremlin Press Service

Militias backed by Tehran helped Assad's army stem rebel advances and, following Russia's entry into the war in 2015, turn the tide decisively in the Syrian government's favor. "We hit the sites, the heart of the chem weapons program". But he characterized the response by the three major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation powers as a clear signal that the use of chemical weapons would carry a price.

"Mission Accomplished!" Mr. Trump declared.

Meanwhile, the US President has confirmed that "precision strikes" were ordered on Syria to deter Assad from using chemical weapons.

Russia's Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that Syria intercepted the USA and allied attacks using Soviet-produced hardware, including the Buk missile system.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss what Moscow decried as an unjustified attack on a sovereign state.

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

President Emmanuel Macron says France has "proof" the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and would respond.

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - backed the resolution which called the United States and its allies' strikes an "aggression" against Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western strikes on government military installations today only made him more keen to fight back against his opponents, in comments published by his office. U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched advanced missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

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In the fourth quarter of past year it had 2.2 billion active users - more than a quarter of the world's population. Greg Walden (R-OR) stated at the beginning of this morning's hearing.

"I spoke to President Trump this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation.

- Jeremy Corbyn criticised the Prime Minister, describing the action as legally questionable.

Doane reported there is a "real sense of defiance" in Syria, even ahead of the airstrikes.

United Nations secretary- general, António Guterres, said that while use of chemical weapons was "abhorrent" and "horrendous", he urged caution in retaliating, expressing concern that any escalation of the violence would only increase the suffering of those living in Syria. "The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable".

The Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said the actions by the US, France and United Kingdom coalition should be supported because they would "reduce the government's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

In the aftermath of the attack, the western powers set out their justification for military action that was carried out without a mandate from the United Nations and in the face of criticism from Assad's allies Russian Federation and Iran.

"Could not have had a better results" Trump tweeted. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the airstrikes a "military crime", according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency. On May 1, 2003, six weeks after the invasion of Iraq, Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, under a huge banner reading "Mission Accomplished" and declared "major combat operations in Iraq have ended". Weeks later, it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency, and US forces remained in the country for years.

Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria in April past year in retaliation for an earlier alleged chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

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