Syria Missile Strikes In 'Vital National Security Interest' Of US

"This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response".

On August 31, 2013, Trump tweeted: "If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the USA will look very bad!"

The Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired at 04:40 Syrian time (01:40 GMT) from destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

Kalin urged the global community to "act in unison to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria".

Trump ordered the strike - Washington's first direct military action against President Bashar Assad's government - in response to what he called a "barbaric" chemical attack this week that he blamed on Damascus.

The Pentagon added the strike "was meant to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again".

The President called on other countries to "join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types".

Russia, which is providing troops and air support to the Assad government, condemned the USA military action, calling it "aggression against a sovereign state", and said it was suspending a memorandum of understanding with the US for flight safety over Syria.

August 7, 2015: The U.N. Security Council authorizes the OPCW and U.N. investigators to probe reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, as reports circulate of repeated chlorine gas attacks by government forces against civilians in opposition-held areas.

When President Trump came to office the Syrian leader was seen as a useful ally in the fight against so-called Islamic State.


But the chemical weapons attack changed all that. The missiles from two warships hit the target at 3.45 am.

What we don't know is whether this is a one-off act of retaliation, or the start of something more prolonged against the Assad government.

Asked if Russian Federation sees Syria as a military ally, Peskov answered positively.

"Obviously, the regime will retain a capacity to commit mass murder with chemical weapons beyond this airfield", McMaster said. Israel has long opposed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nuttall, who has been a vocal critic of past military intervention in the Middle East, described the attack on the Assad regime as "rash, trigger happy" and "nonsensical" in an official statement.

The Russian military says it will help Syria beef up its air defences after the United States strike on a Syrian air base.

The Kremlin said on Friday the USA attack had thrown up a "serious obstacle" to the idea championed by Trump during his election campaign of creating an global coalition against terrorism.

Here's more on the missiles used in the strike. The Syrian Coalition, an opposition group, said the USA attack puts an end to an age of "impunity" and should herald the start of a larger campaign.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters that the Australian government supported the "swift and just response" of the USA airstrikes.

The UN Security Council will hold further talks on Friday as it tries to agree a resolution calling for an investigation into the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun. One put forward by the U.S., Britain and France, a competing draft put forward by Russian Federation, and a third compromise draft from the 10 nonpermanent members of the Council. Moscow has used its veto seven times to block United Nations resolutions critical of its ally Syria.

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