Air strikes fail to destroy 'heart' of Syrian weapons programme: defector

Air strikes fail to destroy 'heart' of Syrian weapons programme: defector

"But they have proven to be out worst enemies as Assad is in fact their protégé", he said.

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation", Haley said that the sanctions would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The strikes have ratcheted up global tension, as the United States and Russian Federation exchanged threats of retaliation.

Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, Assad's allies throughout the conflict, rallied around the regime, warning that the attack would have consequences but stopped short of threatening any retaliation. "The fact he was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

Rather than pay attention to Trump's words, Gordon said the strategy was better articulated by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain and Mattis, who described the strike as an effort to stop Assad from using chemical weapons but noted that it was not meant to achieve broader goals.

"A perfectly executed strike", Trump tweeted after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad and chemical weapons use".

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US -led invasion of Iraq. "So it was mission accomplished".

Trump summed up the action on Twitter in two words: "Mission accomplished".

For decades, including during World War II, major powers foreswore use of chemical agents.

But Russia and Syrian authorities have disputed the assessment of the Pentagon, saying instead the vast majority of the incoming missiles were shot down by the country's military forces.

It can not be overlooked that Russian Federation, which supports the Assad government, has not assumed its responsibility for preventing the government from using chemical weapons. "What we are saying is at some point we want to see our military come home", she said.

United Nations diplomats shared with CNN a new resolution, led by France and backed by the USA and the UK, calling for an independent investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack inside Syria that precipitated the cruise missile strikes unleashed by the Western allies Friday.

"Saudi Arabia fully supports the strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain against Syria because they represent a response to the regime's crimes", a foreign ministry statement said. But that assault has been confirmed by others, including the French government.

"We convinced him it was necessary to stay", the French leader added.

Trump's top national security aides in the days that followed talked him into a 4-6 month withdrawal plan. Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the air strikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.

The Pentagon said the strikes resulted in few, if any, casualties.

"Cuba's Revolutionary government expresses its strongest condemnation of this new attack by the United States and its allies" against "military and civilian infrastructure".

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", he reported. Another U.S. official, also briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said Western nations strongly suspect sarin gas was also used.

"As Secretary Mattis said last night, the Russian disinformation campaign has already begun", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a press conference.

British warplanes took part in the strikes, which destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities.

The United States believes the nerve agent sarin was used in addition to chlorine in an alleged Syrian atrocity that provoked Western military strikes, a senior official said Saturday.

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