'Mission accomplished': Trump praises 'perfectly executed' strike on Syria

Vladimir Putin Says Missile Strikes On Syria Will Make The Humanitarian Catastrophe Worse

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorised British armed forces "to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

The Syrian Army said in a statement that about 110 missiles were fired by the USA and its allies on Syrian military sites, damaging the Research Scientific Center in the northeast of Damascus and the military bases in Homs.

Syrian TV showed government supporters chanting slogans and waving flags in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which was the epicenter of an alleged government chemical weapons attack which reportedly killed dozens of civilians this past week.

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad. Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

He added normal communication lines were used in the run-up to the strike to ensure clearance of airspace, but said targets were not coordinated with the Russians.

Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the USA, issued a response on the embassy's Facebook page.

When asked if Syria's Assad could remain leader as long as he refrained from further use of chemical weapons, May said: "This was about, as I have said and you have recognized, this was specifically about the use of chemical weapons".




Russia's ambassador to the U.S. warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

In his first reaction after military of the three countries carried out strikes against the chemical weapons infrastructure of Syria, Trump declared "Mission Accomplished". "US president, United Kingdom prime minister and the President of France are criminals", he reportedly said.

"A large part of its chemical arsenal has been destroyed".

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the objective of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons". Human rights groups have reported a number of other chemical attacks, but until Saturday Trump hadn't responded with military force again.

The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

Backing up its reasons for the air strikes, the foreign ministry released an intelligence report based largely on open sources which concluded that there was no other plausible explanation than a chemical attacked coordinated by the Syrian military.

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