If Syria uses toxic gas again, US 'locked and loaded': UN envoy

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"A perfectly executed strike last night", he wrote. Could not have had a better result.

Meanwhile, it Trump's favorite show covered the criticism of his "Mission Accomplished" tweet shortly before he took to Twitter to defend it. They're not resettled refugees; both have become US citizens, but Kalil says many of their relatives still live in Syria. "So it was mission accomplished", spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement to ABC News. Banna says the United States should have gone further with the strikes.

He then tacked on: "Mission Accomplished!"

Another official said, "We have incontrovertible evidence from the photos" that chemical weapons were used and it was "clear to the worldwide community".

As the coordinated attacks began at 2am BST (6.30am IST) on Saturday, she went live and made it clear the military action was specifically to punish Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons. She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.

US, British and French forces hit Syria with over 100 missiles in retaliation for a chemical attack blamed on Assad's regime.

The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain defended the strikes as justified by evidence of a chemical attack.

President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late Friday, as explosions were rocking Damascus. U.S. officials said that none of the 105 missiles had been intercepted by Syrian air defences.

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

At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the USA and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation".

However, Britain's United Nations ambassador Karen Pierce defended military action against Syria, saying it was "both right and legal" to launch strikes to alleviate humanitarian suffering. Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

"There is no answer to the Assad problem just yet", said Firas Maksad, director of the Washington-based Arabia Foundation.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said his country regretted that the strikes came "at a time when the worldwide community was waiting for an inquiry team to be sent to verify" the chemical arms claims. "This is not going to solve the tragedy that has been going on there since 2011", Hill said. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.

The Barzeh Research and Development Center, according to the Pentagon briefing, is located in the greater Damascus area. Russian forces claimed to have shot down a dozen missiles, but the US military pushed back at those claims.

"These three targets seemed to hit the sweet spot and do that", McKenzie said.

The Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility, located more than 4 miles (7 km) from the storage facility, was struck by seven Scout missiles.

The strikes came in response to a suspected chemical weapon attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma last weekend that left dozens dead.

However, Jandali Riafi said he believes the strike may have actually backfired, giving Assad propaganda material. He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again.

"Our president was misled by faulty intelligence by our country", said American-born Syrian and Cleveland Businessman Tony George. United States officials said the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off from there.

Bush's speech came just six weeks after the United States invaded Iraq, but the war dragged on for years after, costing thousands of lives and billions in taxpayer money. It is not about regime change. But the very narrow and limited nature of the strikes served to weaken deterrence of future Syrian chemical weapons use.

Russian Federation and Syria claim the attack was fabricated.

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