In focus: Which weapons were used to attack Syria?

In focus: Which weapons were used to attack Syria?

In separate calls, the Prime Minister spoke to the U.S. and French presidents to discuss the offensive and the three leaders agreed it had been a "success", a No 10 spokesman said. Although Bush did not utter the phrase during his televised address, he stood under a "Mission Accomplished" banner and spoke of how the United States and its allies had "prevailed".

A top Pentagon official, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, said the action would set back Syria's chemical weapons program "for years".

The strikes were a response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on April 7 in Douma, Syria, which killed 42 civilians - many of them children - and wounded over 500 others.

"We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every worldwide norm that we stand for and allow the use of chemical weapons to go unanswered", she added.

"I spoke to the president [Donald Trump] this morning and he said: If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

"When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red", she said.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack, calling it "fabricated".

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the one-hour barrage.

A total of 105 missiles were launched in the strikes, according to the Pentagon.

Trump had said Friday that the United States is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". Pentagon officials said Syria had fired 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles, but only after the Western strikes had ended.

The allied attack set off a fierce worldwide debate about whether it was justified.

Russian Federation lost its bid to secure a resolution at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council condemning the "aggression" in Syria.

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Russian Federation has several military bases and thousands of troops in Syria, and the USA said Friday that it did not coordinate with or notify Russian Federation of the strikes.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's skepticism about the allies' Douma claim, saying Russian military experts had found no trace of the attack. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider global commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

"If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here".

"It was a deliberate decision to go to the storage facilities, to go to the research facilities", she said.

More than 100 missiles struck in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack on the town of Douma last week.

And he set his own precedent just over a year ago when he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was sacked at civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhun. Syrian time, about 9 p.m. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things.

"Our initial assessment is that this target was completely destroyed, "McKenzie said".

The attack, hit three targets, including a scientific research centre in the greater Damascus area used for research, development, production and testing of chemical weapons and a site near Homs thought to be a sarin gas production centre.

"When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday. The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. Two U.S. planes from a base in Spain provided logistical support, the Spanish defense ministry said.

In comments posted on his Twitter feed, Harris said: "The use of chemical weapons can never be tolerated in the civilized world".

Russian president Vladimir Putin has denounced the missile strikes by the US, France and the United Kingdom as an "act of aggression" that would exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

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