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British-French join hands in operation against Syria's chemical weapons

16 April 2018

The US and its allies France and Britain launched air strikes, targeting sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

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

Pentagon officials said the overnight missile strikes by the us, the United Kingdom, and France on three key targets in Syria crippled the ability of dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime to use chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump declared victory on Saturday after a joint military strike on Syria in response to a chemical attack in a Syrian suburb, saying it was a "perfectly executed" operation.

Jean-Claude Juncker said the suspected use of poison gas last week in the Syrian city of Douma was - as he puts it - a "heinous chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime". He accused the allies of violating the U.N. Charter and worldwide law.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said his country regretted that the strikes came "at a time when the global community was waiting for an inquiry team to be sent to verify" the chemical arms claims.

The operation was "precise, overwhelming and effective", McKenzie said, adding it will set their chemical weapons programme back "for years".

Some analysts described the British military action as "largely symbolic" - out of the 120 missiles that were fired against three targets in Syria, only four came from the UK.

The stated objective of last night's attacks was to deter future use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

Russia, meanwhile, demanded a vote on a United Nations resolution that would condemn "the aggression" against Syria by the US and its allies.

She accused Russian Federation of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed as the Assad regime had pledged in 2013.

"With yesterday's military action, our message was crystal clear".

"My biggest concern for the Christian community in Syria is if something happens to President Bashar al-Assad".

Freeland did not specify how she knew that the Syrian government was responsible, though she said Canada is working with non-governmental organizations and others to collect evidence of war crimes and other atrocities in Syria. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot", although Trump raised the prospect of further strikes if Assad's government again used chemical weapons.

Air strikes by the allies on Saturday hit three targets that Western officials said were linked to chemical weapons development in the Damascus and Homs areas.

The U.S. president was also said to be upset over perceived Russian inaction over Syria using the weapons.

Haley noted that Russian Federation has vetoed six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.

British-French join hands in operation against Syria's chemical weapons