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Trump on Syria airstrikes: "Mission Accomplished!"

15 April 2018

US, British and French forces launched military air strikes on multiple government targets in Syria early on Saturday in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people last week.

Hours after the first missiles fell on Friday night, it was not yet clear how extensive the attacks were.

Images from the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe now appear to show at least two of these three sites - the Barzeh Research and Development Center and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage complex - before and after the strikes.

"We invite Russian Federation to start supporting the innocent men, women and children of Syria who are being killed with chemical weapons", the U.S. ambassador said.

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt Russia's draft resolution condemning the recent joint airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria, which came following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma.

The Obama administration reached an agreement with Russian Federation and Syrian in 2013 in which Russian Federation was to oversee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything that we did", McKenzie said.

Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus early Saturday.

But Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the Syria strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on worldwide relations.

The airstrikes included 105 weapons that were deployed against three targets in Syria in a multi-national effort that involved France and the United Kingdom.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, countered that Russia's track record of vetoing Security Council resolutions created to rein in the Assad government had given the Syrian leader "a green light" for the use of "barbaric weapons".

Trump's declaration of "mission accomplished" had an awkward historic ring.

Syria has denied carrying out the chemical attack and warned that Western military strikes would risk starting a war. Aided by Iran and Russia, Mr Assad has been winning for some time. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed that the military action was targeted and limited.

In 2017, the US launched missiles against Syria following reports of a sarin gas attack.

Trump said during his address that the allied nations are ready to continue missile strikes "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Officials noted that they are still collecting information and more details will be provided as assessments are completed.

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