Trump says Syria strikes "perfectly executed", declares "Mission Accomplished!"

Trump says Syria strikes

Meanwhile, Theresa May, UK prime minister, said her government resorted to military action only after its efforts at deterring the Syrian government from using chemical weapons were "repeatedly thwarted" at the United Nations by Russian Federation.

"One again, just like a year ago when the U.S. attacked Shayrat Airbase in Syria, a staged chemical attack against civilians was used as a pretext, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb".

"None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses and we have no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed", McKenzie said.

"A short time ago I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump announced during a 9 p.m. televised address.

Canadian President Justin Trudeau said the country supports the decision "to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said twice as many weapons were used in the strikes on Saturday compared to last April's strike.

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the objective of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

Earlier on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron also said France and its partners "will renew their efforts at the United Nations to allow the establishment of an global mechanism to establish responsibility, prevent impunity and prevent any recurrence by the Syrian regime".

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The Pentagon claims the overnight strikes "significantly crippled Assad's ability to produce chemical weapons".

Rescuers said the alleged chemical attack on Douma last Saturday killed more than 40 people.

"So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime". Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain.

Washington described its targets as a centre near Damascus for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries". She also said that the response was "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced a US-led air strike on Syria as an "act of aggression" that will exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

At an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Saturday, the US envoy said the U.S.is "locked and loaded" if the Syrian regime is "foolish enough to test our will". "Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said. "We call for an impartial and objective investigation by the OPCW (Organisation For The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) to establish the facts", said Mr Kumar.

Trump told the nation in his address the U.S. "cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny".

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