'Mission Accomplished!': Trump, Pentagon Say Syria 'Significantly Crippled' by Allied Strike

"I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted and we successfully hit every target".

On Friday night Eastern Time, President Trump announced the joint airstrikes, which the Pentagon says "attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program". Overall, we launched 105 missiles.

Donald Trump has said that last night's air strike on the city of Damascus in Syria was "perfectly executed" and has thanked France and the United Kingdom for their support.

The strikes were prompted by the "Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, including women and children", it added.

Russian Federation on Saturday (Apr 14) failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack.

He said that the strikes were a response to the Syrian regime's actions and were not a provocation against the Russian Federation or its forces in Syria.

"We will not stand by passively while Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, ignores worldwide law", White said.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said the USA targeted the Barzah research center after officials "assessed that there probably some chemical or nerve agents in that target". "US President, UK Prime Minister and the president of France are criminals".

"It's intolerable for a civilized nation to use chemical weapons", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday.

Still, Trump warned in his televised address of a readiness to "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", though he didn't specify what that meant.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said. He called on Moscow to change course and join the USA and its allies in seeking a more responsible regime in Syria. Russia vetoed a US text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls it an "act of aggression" that will only worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami also said on Saturday that the missile attack on Syria was another clear example of the U.S. criminal approach against the oppressed nations in the region. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

An emergency session of the UN Security Council, called by Russian Federation, met at 4pm today. Instead, the three countries have engaged in strikes against Islamic State rebel troops only.

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

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