All You Need To Know About The Airstrikes In Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2018

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

Firefighters extinguish lingering smoke Saturday at the Syrian Scientific Research Center, a target of US -led military strikes. It may make them more cautious in terms of the weapons they choose to use if indeed they have been the ones responsible for past chemical attacks.

McKenzie says Syrian air defenses did not successfully engage any of the aircraft or missiles involved in the operation, and there was no indication that Russian air-defense systems were used.

President Trump called the attacks an "enormous success", tweeting that they represented a "Mission Accomplished".

The U.S. military says the Barzeh complex in Damascus was a "center for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons". An already difficult battle plan - which required hitting Assad without provoking Russian reprisals or injecting the USA further into Syria's seven-year civil war - was getting harder.

"The strikes are aimed at deterring the regime from using internationally prohibited weapons".

She said she authorised British action after intelligence showed Mr Assad's government was to blame for the April 7 chemical attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss specifics beyond those contained in the formal statements.

The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the United States without seeking prior approval from parliament.

McKenzie was asked if a missile attack on a chemical facility posed a risk of dispersing a chemical agent cloud, which could have threatened numerous civilians. US officials said they gave Russian Federation no specific warnings of the attacks or the targets, but used the usual hotline with Moscow's military to ensure the airspace was clear.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the USA and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

The alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma reached a reported death toll of over 40 individuals, according to humanitarian workers and medics. Syria is widely suspected of hiding some stocks, manufacturing more as well as holding on to chlorine.

This time, videos emerged of men, women and children slumped dead, with foam on their mouths, after a bomb containing toxic gas allegedly was dropped in a residential neighborhood of the rebel-held town of Douma in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity", Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said Saturday.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".

But although Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White the strikes had "set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", Pentagon officials acknowledged that a "residual" capacity remained.

The U.K. -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syrian war through activists on the ground, said installations belonging to the country's elite Republican Guards were also targeted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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