Before and after aerials of the Syria strike


President Donald Trump declared victory Saturday in the largest application of military force he has ordered, as the US ambassador to the United Nations vowed the United States is ready to launch another strike if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons again. A recent Wall Street Journal report had detailed how Trump, who just days ago had expressed his desire to pull all USA troops out of Syria, was now eager to punish Russian Federation and Iran in the aftermath of a chemical-weapons attack perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad.

Jennifer Cafarella, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, noted that the Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition and its war effort in Syria "poses a strategic problem for the United States beyond the use of banned weapons in war crimes against civilians".

"The three facilities are - or more appropriately now, were - fundamental components to the regime's chemical weapons infrastructure", McKenzie said.

One site hit by the barrage of missiles was the Bazrah Research Center, a scientific research center on the outskirts of Damascus.

"There is still a residual element of the Syrian program that is out there", McKenzie said, adding, "I'm not going to say they're going to be unable to continue to conduct a chemical attack in the future".

Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

He said Russian air defences did not fire, while Syrian air defences were completely ineffective against an attack from multiple directions involving not just US, British and French aircraft but also US naval destroyers, a cruiser, a French frigate and even a US submarine.

That attack involved 59 Tomahawk missiles fired from two USA warships in the Mediterranean Sea.

In his speech, he said that the United States and its allies would respond to Assad's "atrocities" through an integrated approach- using their combined military, economic and diplomatic power.

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Loud explosions were heard in Damascus before daybreak, Xinhua reporters in the besieged city said . They saw plumes of smoke rising from areas in the capital while the missiles looked like red dots.

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The Syrian government denies that the alleged chemical attack took place and condemned the missile strikes as a "violation of global law".

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that four RAF Tornado jets were deployed to launch missiles at a Syrian military facility. For his part, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Gerard Batten, opposed the British military action in Syria.

But at the same time, he added, the United States will not allow the "ghastly specter" of chemical weapons use to return for the first time since its worldwide banning in the aftermath of World War I.

The U.S. president was also said to be upset over perceived Russian inaction over Syria using the weapons.

At a news conference at the Pentagon after Trump announced the operation Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as a "one-time shot" and "a little over double the weapons" used by the Trump administration when it carried out a similar assault in April 2017 that consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. On Saturday, Putin reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.

Speaking to reporters after the strike that destroyed the facility, Saeed Saeed, head of the Institute for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, said the research center was used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2013.

Mr Trump concluded his announcement by saying the nations of Britain, France and the United States of America "have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

Trump ordered a missile strike last April after a sarin attack killed dozens of people in Idlib province.

Mr Trump said "no amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East". "But it is equally important for us to be aware of the distraction tactics that some of the actors in the world are using today and to not allow those tactics to work".

"[They must] engage seriously in negotiations to bring the seven year civil war to an end", he said.

Syria agreed in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons after a nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in Douma. -Russian agreement, President Assad of Syria was again using chemical weapons.