US strikes cripple Syria's chemical weapons ability: Pentagon

For residents of Syrian capital attack comes as a disorienting predawn barrage of light and sound

Friday's strike was Trump's second ordered attack in Syria.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target". Inherent in effective deterrence is instilling fear and uncertainty in the mind of the adversary - fear that they would suffer unacceptable consequences for taking an action, and uncertainty about the exact parameters of the next retaliatory attack. "We hit the sites". Bush addressed sailors aboard in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

"The crime committed at dawn today (Saturday) by the United States, Britain and France... is a blatant and undeniable crime which signifies their humiliating defeat in supporting Takfiri terrorists and shows they are seeking an opportunity to save terrorists", the statement said.

Moscow called the emergency Council meeting after the US, France and the United Kingdom fired scores of cruise missiles at what they said were chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Damascus last week.

"Last year, President Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line".

Russian Federation and its close ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma exists.

Syrian state TV reported missiles targeting Homs were intercepted and did not cause damage. Assad has vehemently denied launching the chemical attack.

"A plan for ending the crisis must be found, with a political solution".

"We don't need more military action, we need all global parties to push for a political solution", said Boulad. In response, the United States launched missiles toward targets of the Syrian Air Force.

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The allied attack set off a fierce worldwide debate about whether it was justified.

A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected. Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately.

In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria". "Public estimates are as high as 200", she said.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday night said the assault was a "one-time shot", so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons. U.S. 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. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.

"Initial assessments are that this target was destroyed", he said.

McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical-weapons program. While American special forces have fought alongside the Kurds in driving the ISIS terrorist militia out of Syria's northern provinces, Bowen said the Kurds have in recent months themselves been attacked by soldiers and militias backed by Turkey, another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

The Pentagon said it knew of no civilian casualties "at this time".

Saturday's airstrikes drew support from the European Union, Germany, Israel and other allies. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people". "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.