US, allies attack Syria to stop chemical weapons

US, allies attack Syria to stop chemical weapons

She said: "This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this".

Much like Trump's first strike ordered against Assad's forces last April, Dunford indicated Friday night that this strike was a one-off action.

But that the U.S. did not want an "indefinite presence" in Syria and would only stay until Islamic State was destroyed.

Trump said he has asked USA partners "to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS effort". The Syrian Air Force used that site to launch airstrikes on East Ghouta, the report said. The strike is the culmination of days of threats by President Trump against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical attack against civilians in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime.

The following is the full text of U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks on Friday announcing military strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last week.




The US and its allies "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", the statement added.

This is not about intervening in a civil war.

The strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

He added ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not". Macron's office said he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concern about the deterioration of the situation in Syria and calling for more dialogue with Moscow. But the description from an ally described things differently.

"So, recently, warships and submarines of the Russian naval task force have been continuously monitoring from a close distance the warships and submarines of the US Navy and their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in the Eastern Mediterranean", the source stressed.

In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria. "As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home". The limited armaments left the rebel fighters always at a disadvantage, while radical Jihadi groups found their way to Syria, including militants from the Islamic State group. "They have built a lot of flexibility into the plan to allow for further strikes based on what they've hit tonight".

As IS captured a wide swath of Iraq and Syria in 2014, the USA began conducting airstrikes against the group and shifted its Syria policy to fighting the militants. Vice President Pence is now in Peru.

Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed from Lima, Peru.

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