Chemical probe to begin in Syria after Western strikes

Syria’s capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announce

The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

The move was to retaliate for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian troops early the month in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus. The US said the overnight missile attacks have crippled Bashar al-Assad's chemical weaponry.

Meanwhile, Putin has described the attacks as an "act of aggression" and warned they could worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Washington trumpeted the total success of the biggest global attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime but both Damascus and Syria's opposition rubbished its impact.

The Kremlin took no military action in 2017 when the US conducted similar airstrikes on a Syrian airbase... but Russian observers say that could easily change.

"It is not about regime change", said Theresa May, Britain's prime minister. Mattis said Friday there were no reports of US losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

The strike came almost a week after an apparent chemical attack took the lives of dozens of Syrian civilians in the rebel-held city of Douma.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in worldwide relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

Both Russia and the Syrian leader deny the use of chemical weapons.

Valuyev suggested that judging by the number of US, UK and French warships and aircraft deployed near Syria, they planned to use about 300 units of ammunition in a joint strike.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

"The United States is locked and loaded", she said at an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

Macron, speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, said "we are preparing a political solution" aiming at allowing a political solution for Syria.

Carlson noted the move was inconsistent with the president's message during his 2016 campaign, and Ingraham said she found that intervention in other countries could be risky, as shown in the Iraq War, according to the Daily Beast.

Only China and Bolivia voted in favour, while three other countries abstained.

"I think the President's expressions this morning were a strong affirmation that the mission that he gave our military to go in and destroy key elements of the chemical weapons infrastructure in Syria was completely and professionally and swiftly accomplished", said Pence, who was on a foreign trip to Peru for the Summit of the Americas.

Touching upon Saturday's missile attack on Syria, which was launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the former commander of the Russian Baltic Fleet told Sputnik that a thorough analysis is needed in order to take steps towards retaliation, not least on the diplomatic front.

She says: "President Assad has an absolutely positive attitude, a good mood". Haley's list was somewhat broader, though, adding monitoring Iran's activity and ensuring American interests are safe from Syrian President Bashar Assad's purported chemical weapons. They blame Assad's government for the attack.



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