Trump on Syria airstrikes: "Mission Accomplished!"

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow Russia

Russia's President Putin delivers a speech during an awarding ceremony in Moscow Thomson Reuters

But Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, accused Western powers on Friday of using the alleged attack as a pretense to oust Assad and to check Russia's power, telling the United Nations security council that Russia would consider such a strike a "breach of worldwide law".

The joint operation was in response to a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma last week.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described the use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent", but stressed that member states must act in accordance with "international law in general". Trump attributed the attacks to Russia's inability to stop Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump lauded the U.S. and its allies, the United Kingdom and France, for the "perfectly executed" military strikes on Syria late Friday.

- Strikes were launched by British, French and USA forces at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.

The United States, Britain and France have argued that military action was necessary after Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of worldwide law. Could not have had a better result.

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He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks.

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the "Mission Accomplished" phrase referred to the carrier's crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq.

The intervention is the biggest by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-yearcivil war and pitted the USA and its allies against Russian Federation. The air strikes "lit up the night skies" over Syria's capital Damascus and the town of Homs, as they targeted three suspected chemical weapons sites - a research centre, a storage facility, an equipment facility and command post.

The facilities hit had however reportedly been evacuated in recent days.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores global law", White said.

He noted that chemical weapons not only inflict gruesome suffering but also even small amounts of them can unleash widespread devastation. "This aggression will only make Syria and its people more determined to keep fighting and crushing terrorism in every inch of the country", he said. "The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", Khamenei said.

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

An explosion rocked an area in northern Syria Saturday near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, a monitor said. Syrian state television claimed some of the missiles were shot down by the government's air defence systems.

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