USA airstrikes targeted Syrian chemical weapons infastructure

US, France, UK to brief NATO allies today on Syria strikes

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of US, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7. "The information we have points to the use of both chlorine and sarin, both of which are chemical weapons", one official said. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred. They said the only forces with military aircraft such as helicopters in Syria belong to Assad's government. As of late Friday, there were "no reports of losses" by US or its allies.

On April 1, gunfire wounded six people on a convoy of buses ferrying opposition fighters and civilians from Eastern Ghouta towards the northwestern province of Idlib, the Observatory said.

The three countries consulted and collaborated on an assault in which more than a 100 missiles, reportedly targeting specific sites, were launched into Syria after the government was accused of a chemical attack. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the U.S. was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.

The Syrian government has denied involvement in the chemical attack.

Global officials are working to try to confirm the suspected poison gas attack on Douma.


The inspectors met Syria's deputy foreign minister in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official; they were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.

The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker.

OPCW stands for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

In May previous year, the BBC reported that the Barzah site was being used by the Syrian regime to install chemical weapons on long-range missiles, violating the 2013 agreement to eliminate chemical weapons from the country.

A United Nations-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism also looked at responsibility for chemical weapons use.

Weapons inspectors will try on Saturday to reach the site of a suspected poison attack in the Syrian town of Douma, hours after Western countries launched air strikes in retaliation over the gassing. It blamed Islamic State militants for mustard gas use. The Security Council is deadlocked over how to replace it.

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