Putin Issues Dire Warning After West's Syria Strike

Syria From chemical warfare to cosmetic warfare

"We were not looking to kill people", she said.

ยท US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Saturday's strikes were more intense than the 58 missiles launched a year ago following a previous alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime. Human rights groups have reported a number of other chemical attacks, but until Saturday Trump hadn't responded with military force again.

What information about the strike remains unclear?

A total of 103 cruise missiles were launched during the attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that at least 71 of them were intercepted by Syrian air defense forces.

After failing to talk the USA out of bombing targets in Syria, Russia responded to Friday's strikes by saying they "threatened" Russia and warning of "consequences".

What was the result on the ground?

Western diplomats have said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.

May's office said Monday that she plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest", were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks and had broad worldwide support. The Pentagon said no missiles were engaged.

The statement said the church leaders "condemn and denounce the brutal aggression" and insisted the Syrian Army had no involvement in the alleged chemical attack in Douma earlier this month.

The U.S. has said the recent airstrikes will set back Syria's chemical weapons program for years and make the Syrian government think twice before carrying out another chemical weapons attack.

What have France, the USA and the United Kingdom said?

May plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest", were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks and had broad worldwide support.

President Trump thanked the United Kingdom and France for their "wisdom and power", saying the strike could not have "had a better result".

The Kremlin have claimed there is no evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma, and suggested it may have been faked by Britain.

Whose has supported the strikes?

Left-wing activists in Cyprus took to the road outside the gates of RAF Akrotiri, the British military base on the island where jets involved in the operation took off from.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he strongly supported the US, UK and France's airstrikes.

Russian Federation has been unwavering in its backing of Assad as it aims to help the regime win the Syrian Civil War. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The Russian leader said any further strikes in the region would "inevitably provoke chaos in worldwide relations" as he hinted nations could move closer to World War 3.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria on Saturday.

In New Hampshire, Senator Maggie Hassan issued a statement which included, "It is critical that the President present the American people with a consistent and comprehensive strategy, for Syria that includes a path to a post-Assad political solution that addresses the continued support of Russian Federation and Iran for the brutal dictator".

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the European Union wants to use a major meeting on Syria in Brussels next week to give impetus to United Nations peace efforts following the airstrikes.



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