Allies: Strikes to deter Assad, not oust

Allies: Strikes to deter Assad, not oust

President Donald Trump declared victory Saturday in the largest application of military force he has ordered, as the USA ambassador to the United Nations vowed the United States is ready to launch another strike if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons again.

President Trump ordered missile strikes against Syria in retaliation for the deadly chemical attack.

Trump's action drew immediate support from Sen.

Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past U.S. reprisals, and the chemical itself is far easier to find and weaponise, experts say.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, April 14, 2018.

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, Before we took action, the United States communicated with Russia to reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties. The Pentagon said the United States had "deconfliction" contacts with Russia before and after the strikes, that Syrian air defence systems had been largely ineffective and there was no indication that Russian systems had been employed.

Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

The trilateral operations came with questionable legitimacy due to the lacking of proof that could show Syrian government behind the chemical attack, and has been widely criticized by Syria, Russia and Iran, among other nations.

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The State Department says it doesn't know what chemical was used, but says it is confident Syria was responsible. Global chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

However, Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action.

President Donald Trump is claiming victory after a US -led allied attack on Syria's chemical weapons program.

While the chemical weapons attack has put Syria fully on Trump's radar, experts say it's unlikely to persuade him to stay the course in Syria beyond defeating Islamic State.

"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 in a statement.

But the military seemed less than troubled as it claimed that Syrian aerial defenses managed to shoot down most of the missiles and divert others.

A different Trump administration official, briefing reporters, said the United States assessed that sarin was also used in the April 7 attack but suggested that US information on sarin came from analysis of reports from news media and other public sources of information, as opposed to USA intelligence.

It's a big institution, but Sayed said it isn't possible that things were going on that he didn't know about.

"The way to do that is through global diplomacy and cooperation", said Mandel.

But Johnson stressed the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was a response to a series of chemical attacks in recent years.

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