Trump says 'mission accomplished' in Syria airstrikes

Theresa May during her visit to RAF Akrotiri. AP

"They have built a lot of flexibility into the plan to allow for further strikes based on what they've hit tonight".

The strikes, in collaboration with the USA and France, are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Congressman Vern Buchanan said that the strike against Syria by the US, British and French forces was a measured response to Assad's use of internationally banned chemical weapons. Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable. "I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad's threat to his people, to the region and to U.S. security, and for countering Russian and Iranian support for the Syrian dictatorship's ongoing barbarity", Rubio said.

It vowed in its statement that the fact-finding mission due to go to Douma later Saturday "will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma". She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimizing civilian casualties. "It is not about regime change", she said.

We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world. Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed his country's participation in the operation.

The Pentagon officials also said that the "Syrian chemical weapons system is larger than the three targets hit in Syria".

More than 100 missiles were fired in the capital city of Damascus by the United States and its allies- France and Britain.

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a USA -led missile assault on Syria's regime as "perfectly executed", despite the limited nature of the strikes and Russia's condemnation, which further heightened tensions between the Cold War foes.

"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters.

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Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, condemned Russian Federation on Friday over its support for Assad, saying before the U.N. security council that "Russia alone" was responsible for enabling the Syrian strongman.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of global law". The General Command claimed that the "Syrian Air Defense systems confronted, with high competence, the missiles of the aggression and shot down a lot of them".

Still, the strikes Friday risk drawing the USA deeper into the Syrian conflict, and could further heighten tensions between the US and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any US missiles launched at the Syrian government.

"The worst apprehensions have come true". Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the USA, issued a response on the embassy's Facebook page.

"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

So what prompted U.S. and other countries to take this extreme step?

"Russia's Foreign Ministry described the strikes as an "outrageous violation" of global law".

President Donald Trump hailed the airstrikes on Saturday, and thanked USA allies France and Britain for joining in the campaign.

During the night Britain joined other forces to bomb a suspected chemical weapon factory in Syria.

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