Assad calls Syria air strikes act of 'American aggression'

U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington DC

U.S. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington DC

A coalition of ships and bombers hammered three Syrian chemical weapons sites with 105 weapons on Friday night in an escalated response created to smash the Assad regime's capacity to use chemical weapons like chlorine and sarin gas. "I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said.

One of the three sites hit was the Barzeh complex, which the U.S. says was a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this. "We can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker.

Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin according to the Western powers.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter, "The Syrian raid was so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished.' I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back".

On "Fox News Sunday", Haley said the term "mission accomplished" had different definitions in military and political circles.

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a United Nations resolution on Syria proposed by the US, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

"We'll see how smart he is", Haley said.

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The Syrian Armed Forces later said the USA and its Western allies fired a total of one-hundred-and-ten missiles from manned aircraft and ships.

The attack was roughly double the size of the USA strike a year ago on a Syrian air base, which was also in response to a chemical attack.

With Russian involvement in Syria and Moscow condemning Saturday's allied missile strike, Haley acknowledged that U.S.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry Saturday condemned what it called "the brutal American-British-French aggression. which constitutes a flagrant violation of worldwide law".

Johnson added there was no proposal in place for further attacks, but if Assad's regime were to repeat chemical attacks "clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were".

The Russians, however, say 71 missiles were shot down by Syrian systems - many of them older Soviet-era defences.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described US -led air strikes against the country as an act of aggression during a meeting with Russian lawmakers Sunday.

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