Trump Bombs Syria While Still Fighting to Keep Out Thousands of Refugees

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Donald Trump ordered the strikes in response to accusations of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces using chemical weapons, although this sort of escalation has seemed inevitable ever since the president named warmonger John Bolton as his new national security advisor.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Friday announced the press briefing would be held Saturday for the specific reason of dispelling false information about the strike coming from Russian Federation, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Though serious US military action is long overdue, Akhras said, the offensive won't be enough to stop President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons or to end the conflict.

On Friday, the US Navy said it was moving additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking distance of Syria.

Angela Merkel said the US, Britain and France "took responsibility in this way as permanent members of the UN Security Council".

"We're not cooperating with them in Syria". This was playing with fire after Russia - Syria's strongest ally - had warned that a missile attack would be met with force by Moscow, raising fears of a straight fight between the United States and Russia. "They are unique threat, a type of weapon so evil that the worldwide community agreed they must be banned".

He added: "Could not have had a better result".

The US-led strikes on Saturday came after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last week.

But he says the recent Turkish invasion has been devastating and he says he and his wife were especially anxious to hear the president say he wanted to pull United States troops out of Syria.

Nikki Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a US -led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons faciliies.

Worldwide leaders have been reacting to Friday night's air strike in Syria.

The three allies used ships, a submarine and warplanes to launch a barrage of 105 guided missiles towards three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, officials said, including a research center on the outskirts of Damascus.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview in Sunday's Journal Du Dimanche newspaper that "we should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis".

"The United States estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times".

Haley has been one of the strongest voices accusing Russian Federation of enabling the Syrian government in its use of chemical weapons in the civil war that is now in its seventh year.

The operation also drew support from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the European Union, and other key U.S. allies.

The Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying that Syria deployed Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, including S-125, S-200, 2K12 Kub and Buk to repel the attacks.

During a week of tense sabre-rattling, Russian officials periodically warned the U.S. that a military response may spiral out of control to war.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it". "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

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