US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

Earlier, the United Kingdom, the United States and France launched strikes at Syria over reports of a chemical attack in the city of Douma, with the three countries firing over 100 missiles at the Middle Eastern country.

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of US, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7.

On Saturday, US, French and British forces targeted three sites in Syria, which, according to US President Donald Trump, are associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president.

Trump has been leery of USA military involvement in the Middle East, and is eager to withdraw roughly 2,000 troops in Syria taking part in the campaign against Islamic State. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve USA objectives in the Middle East", said McCain, who a year ago called for more aggressive action that would cripple Assad's military. "They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", she said in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation.

A Syrian military statement said 110 missiles were fired Saturday by the U.S., Britain and France and that it shot down majority.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the USA president said in a televised address.

Cahit Armagan Dilek, head of the Ankara-based 21st Century Turkey Institute, said that there is no global legal base for the US -led attack on Syria.

Togrul Ismayil, a Turkish expert on foreign relations and Russian affairs, said that he did not believe that "Moscow will retaliate militarily to the coalition's air raids".

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The limited strikes were deplored by the Syrian opposition, which saw the West as lacking an global strategy for dealing with the civil war.

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

Barely before the ruins of Syria's chemical warfare factories had stopped smoking United States soldiers partnered with Jordanian military personnel to take part in the annual military exercise known as Eager Lion. He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

"I am glad the strikes were undertaken", she said. "That's why you saw the president strike this past weekend", she continued.

The Pentagon says none of the missiles were shot down.

While some Syrians are in favour of airstrikes, others say foreign aggression isn't the answer.

Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is working with non-governmental organizations and others to collect evidence of war crimes and other atrocities in Syria.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in global relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

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