'Mission accomplished' declares Donald Trump after Syria air strikes

Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

President Donald Trump declared, "Mission Accomplished!" on Saturday after the us and its allies hit at least three chemical and biological weapons facilities in Syria with more than 120 missiles in a coordinated pre-dawn attack.

Paris: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday that missile strikes carried out overnight in Syria by Britain, France and the USA had destroyed a "large part" of the Damascus government's stocks of chemical weapons.

The U.S. State Department said Friday that it has proof that Syria was behind the suspected chemical attack.

The strikes on Syria can be also seen as a way of the USA exporting its internal crisis overseas as there are resignations of some administration officials almost every week, said the expert.

The Syrian air defences not only missed the incoming missiles but they kept firing even after the last US, British and French strikes were complete.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway".

"Could not have had a better results" Trump tweeted.

In August 2013, then-President Barack Obama said the U.S. had determined that Syria had launched a chemical weapons attack targeting its own people. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

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Mrs Merkel said the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the global rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

All three allies fired 22 weapons at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site just west of Homs, and the USA military launched seven missiles at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker, McKenzie said.

He said there were no known civilian casualties, but noted Syria had fired about 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles, most of which didn't launch until after the allied strike was over.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was not as confrontational as Antonov in her response, questioning on Facebook why the West would stage such attacks at a time when Syria had "a chance for peace at last", in an apparent reference to the Syrian government's recent success at gaining an upper hand in the civil war.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line". (Photo by AFP)

Jaafari described that strikes by the US, Britain and France as "another message to the terrorists" that encourages them to use chemical weapons in their future attacks.

Pape, an air strike expert, wrote "Bombing to Win" which is required reading in the U.S. Air Force. "It is not about regime change", said Theresa May, Britain's prime minister. And also Russia's been looking at it as essentially as its toehold into the Middle East for extending its sort of power base more regionally.

World leaders react to the airstrikes in Syria carried out by the US, UK and French forces following the latest in a series of alleged chemical attacks by Bashar al Assad's regime.

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons programme under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation.

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