British-French join hands in operation against Syria's chemical weapons

West on dubious legal ground in weighing Syria strikes experts

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything that we did", said McKenzie, adding that initial reports did not indicate any civilian casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said all the targets were linked to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which the USA has accused of weaponizing sarin. "Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States", he said. The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria.

The US, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

He said: Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace. But the very narrow and limited nature of the strikes served to weaken deterrence of future Syrian chemical weapons use.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Antonov said in his statement responding to the US-led military action.

It said the Syrian regime has been using chemical weapons since 2013, killing almost 1,000 civilians and injuring hundreds more which constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity.

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

Ms. Haley added that President Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

President Donald Trump triumphantly declared "Mission Accomplished!" on Saturday following a US-led missile assault on the Syrian regime, and warned another attack could follow if Damascus were to unleash more chemical weapons. The strikes, more limited than once seemed likely, were created to deter the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons once and for all. "They have taken on more aggressive military positions, strengthening their coalition with clear intention to curb and contain Russian militaries expansion and influence in the region".


"He adds ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".

Ahmad, a 25-year-old mechanic who had been displaced from Douma, told AFP the Western strikes were nevertheless too little, too late.

They included a scientific research facility in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility in the same area, the U.S. military added.

From Moscow, President Vladimir Putin denounced the operation as "an act of aggression" but officials also noted that no Russian military assets had been threatened. It was immediately denounced by the United Nations as any use of chemical weaponry is a violation of global law.

The United States "gave diplomacy chance after chance after chance", she said, only to have Russian Federation block, last Tuesday, an effort to set up an independent body to investigate chemical attacks in Syria. The United States, and the European Union, put the blame of the attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syria has been locked in a civil war since the Arab Spring of 2011, pitting rebel groups who seek to depose the Assad regime against Russia-backed government forces.

This aggression will only lead to inflaming tensions in the world and threatens worldwide security.

The strikes targeted three facilities related to Syria's "chemical weapons infrastructure", officials said, in what the U.S. billed as a warning against Syria's Bashar al-Assad employing such weapons in the future - a warning he has been accused of flouting in the past.

The document concludes with a demand for the Syrian regime to reveal its chemical weapons program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and destroy its remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons - something the regime claims it already did in 2013 following a U.N. Security Council resolution.

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