Syria strikes spark opposition in the West

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The American, French and British barrage of missiles on Saturday destroyed much of Syria's chemical-weapons capabilities, U.S. Defense Department officials said, but left Mr. Assad's conventional military intact.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

She also suggested that Russian Federation wasn't helpful in pursing worldwide diplomatic responses to the chemical attack, saying the 105 missiles launched by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom at three Syrian sites connected to the making and storing of chemical weapons "didn't have to happen".

"From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position", Russian lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak said after his meeting with Assad, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

Later Sunday, Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation " that the USA will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the term "mission accomplished" to describe the Friday night attacks on Syria, even as President George W. Bush's former spokesperson said he wouldn't have recommended the president use the term. The U.N. Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies. "If they knew they would care". Are we staying there now to topple Assad, to counter Iran, to check Russian Federation, to help the Kurds, to buttress Israel, to rebuild our relationships with Turkey? The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

Speaking to the BBC, Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Western powers had no plans for further missile strikes, though they would assess their options if Damascus used chemical weapons again.

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He said they were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce such weapons or launch new attacks.

"This was very strong attack on the chemical weapons program". Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals and is far easier to find and weaponise, experts say.

Air missile fire is seen over Damascus after a US attack on Syria on April 14.

He said Russian Federation and Syria are united in trying "to protect global law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people".

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend.

The action was in response to a recent deadly attack in the town of Douma. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

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