Pentagon on airstrike on Syria: Missiles hit all the targets

A missile from the air defenses belonging to the Syrian Arab Air Force attempts to intercept a coalition missile in Damascus

Andrew Tabler is the Martin J. Gross Fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. Middle East Policy. That makes degrading it through military strikes far more hard.

He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.Putin said that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spoken highly of the Soviet-made weapons involved in thwarting the missile strike on Syria carried out by the USA, the United Kingdom and France, member of Russia's State Duma (lower house of parliament) Sergei Zheleznyak said on Sunday following meeting between Russian lawmakers and the Syrian president.

"We're not cooperating with them in Syria".

"My view is that it's time the President seek an authorization from Congress, and it's up to congress to debate that and give some definition to what it is we're doing", said Welch. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

"But", Eid added. "that happiness and joy soon vanished as soon as Gen. [James] Mattis started talking about this being a one-strike and how they only care about sending a message to Asaad to stop using chemical weapons". Thus, this attack looks much more like it was meant only to degrade Syrian chemical weapons themselves.

British and French officials also praised the operation, arguing Western intervention was needed to deter President Bashar al-Assad's government from using chemical weapons in the future.

"The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed", he said.

All three allies fired 22 weapons at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site just west of Homs, and the USA military launched seven missiles at the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker, McKenzie said. United States officials said they acted to defend allies attacked by the Syrian government as both rival forces raced toward Raqqa city, at the time the de facto capital of the IS militants. "We have to be conscious of the fact that we can't allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters.

Trump tweeted in August 2013, "The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!"

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"The aggression is a flagrant violation of global law, a breach of the worldwide community's will, and it is doomed to fail", said state news agency SANA.

But McKenzie said at a Saturday briefing that Syrian air defense shot 40 missiles, mostly after the attack, and that it did not successfully engage any of the allies' aircraft or missiles.

■ February 7: The US military launches rare airstrikes and an artillery assault against Syrian government-backed troops after as many as 500 fighters started what appeared to be a coordinated attack on US-backed Syrian forces and US advisers in eastern Deir el-Zour province.

The Russian military said that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles, but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles.

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the strike. "All the things that we need to live are being cut", he said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said in a statement on Saturday that Syrian government troops and their allies had taken-up positions inside Douma and now have complete control over the area.

Iran's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the airstrikes and warned of its regional consequences.

At the Security Council emergency meeting, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, read out a quote from President Vladimir Putin accusing the allies of "cynical disdain" in acting without waiting for the results of a chemical-watchdog investigation into the alleged chemical attack in the former rebel-held town of Douma on April 7.

Worldwide investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and were due to start their inquiry on Saturday into the suspected toxic gas attack. "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Mr Corbyn said.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed. Banna says the United States should have gone further with the strikes.

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