U.S. 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again

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"Last night, USA and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians". "Russia, however, can not claim to be a responsible member of the global community while failing to condemn the use of chemical weapons and failing to take any action to prevent their use".

The following are highlights from US President Donald Trump's remarks when announcing military strikes targeting Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

Washington believes both sarin and chlorine were used in the attack, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters on Saturday.

Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were an estimated 50 warehouses around Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013. But the United Nations has documented dozens of chemical attacks since then and opposition activists claim the government has carried out hundreds of attacks with chlorine, which isn't illegal to possess but is prohibited for use as a weapon.

"The United States and its allies continue to demonstrate blatant disregard for global law", he said.

President Trump lauded the United States military, the United Kingdom, and France on Saturday.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force a "military crime" and "hooliganism". "However, responding with violence will not bring peace". This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as United States defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely.

Without supporting the strikes, it can be said that these were the best strikes possible. It fulfilled Trump's vow that chemical weapons are a "red line" that he, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, would not allow Assad to cross.

He said that it is important to establish facts through urgent and transparent investigations by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Russian Federation on Saturday 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.

Haley said the U.S. and its allies "acted, not as revenge" but to "deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity".

In his remarks, Trump said he holds Russian Federation directly responsible for the attack on Douma, saying Moscow failed to live up to its 2013 promise to guarantee Syria eliminated its arsenal of chemical weapons.

The action was highly targeted, necessary and proportionate to alleviate humanitarian distress and therefore legally justifiable it added.

As the two sides traded barbs, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged an end to military action and a turn to diplomacy.

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons program, under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation.

"While Russia was busy protecting the regime, Assad took notice", Ms. Haley said.

"This is a very focused strike for one objective to make sure that countries around the world will not use weapons of mass destruction on a regular basis", he said.

The US military on Saturday insisted its missile strikes against three targets in Syria had dealt a "severe blow" to Bashar Al-Assad's ability to produce chemical weapons.

From Moscow, President Vladimir Putin denounced the operation as "an act of aggression" but officials also noted that no Russian military assets had been threatened.

Several diplomats at the Security Council warned of the potential danger that the Syrian crisis could spiral out of control and engulf the region and beyond.

A Syrian military statement said 110 missiles were fired Saturday by the U.S., Britain and France and that it shot down majority.

Moscow's ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. The United States, and the European Union, put the blame of the attack on the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. U.S. warplanes have flown over Syria for four years to find and destroy Islamic State forces, said Chollet.

This aggression will only lead to inflaming tensions in the world and threatens worldwide security.

The stated objective of last night's attacks was to deter future use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

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