Russian Federation claims Syria missile strike was attempt to derail chemical weapon investigation

West on dubious legal ground in weighing Syria strikes experts

But that is to trivialize Assad's offense and suggest that the USA commander in chief can't or shouldn't act because he's besieged.

President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. military, the United Kingdom, and France for the operation. Those aren't the only difference between the strikes.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night. McKenzie emphasized that this strike was "double the size of the last strike in April 2017", which failed to successfully deter Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Mr Trump said the joint strikes against the Syrian regime were "perfectly executed".

President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

This picture taken on April 14, 2018 shows the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus.

The Syrian government is accused of launching a chemical attack in Douma last week.

In London, May said the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Last year, the airbase was a single target - the Shayrat airbase - that base that was believed to be where the Syrian regime's chemical weapons attack originated.

A United States official told Reuters the strikes were aimed at multiple targets and involved Tomahawk cruise missiles. "But at the same time, it was a heavy strike".

The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them. "Especially, if there are doubts", one reporter asked.

Reports of major chlorine attacks began emerging in 2014, soon after Syria's declaration of complete chemical disarmament, which was the result of an Obama administration agreement between the USA and Russian Federation.

Israel Housing Minister Yoav Galant, a member of the coalition's Kulanu party, said on his Twitter page: "The American attack is an important signal to the axis of evil - Iran, Syria and Hezbollah - a signal that says the use of chemical weapons crosses the red line against humanity and will not be tolerated". "They are laughing at us".

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in London on Saturday. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said.

He said the US-led military coalition carried out the attacks with the goal of creating obstacles for an global team expected to investigate the suspected chemical attack in Douma "because they are confident that this team can not find anything proving their claims".

Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday to condemn the United States' strike against Syria.

"As Secretary Mattis said last night, the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press conference. And one question that remains - despite the differences - is the level of impact.

Trump announced today that the US, France and Britain had launched military strikes against Syria to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons and to deter him from doing it again.

Another journalist wondered why the strikes on Syria took place before the OPCW experts were able to finish their investigation into the claimed gas attack.

Even in a conflict already as debased as Syria's vicious civil war, there must be worldwide norms and laws that civilized nations enforce.

Syria, and its ally Russian Federation, have denied the government used chemical weapons in Douma and said the opposition fabricated the attack to stave a government victory in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

This year's message wasn't too different.

Hours after the first missiles fell on Friday night, it was not yet clear how extensive the attacks were.

Avoiding further erosion of these norms is in the national interest of the United States.

President Trump's advisers have apparently convinced him to leave USA forces in Syria for a little while longer to battle the Islamic State.

"Our mission stays the same - it's to defeat ISIS".



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