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Syrians gather along the streets of Damascus to condemn the air strikes

Syrians gather along the streets of Damascus to condemn the air strikes

After the US and allies sent 105 missiles to three Syrian sites that the Pentagon says were used to research, develop and store chemical weapons, one East Tennessean says the attacks are welcome by many Syrians, but that USA forces are not the key to peace in the Syria.

The Pentagon said there had been chemical weapons agents at one of the targets, and that the strikes had significantly crippled Syria's ability to produce such weapons. No casualties have been reported.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all Security Council members to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria, but said allegations of chemical weapons use demand an investigation.

The Pentagon said that a joint US-British-French operation against Syria's regime had "successfully hit every target", countering assertions from Russian Federation that dozens of missiles were intercepted.

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war. But while more targets were hit and more missiles fired this time around, it won't alter the fundamental dynamics of the grinding, seven-year-long conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead, nearly all as a result of nonchemical weapons of war.

The attack hit a site in Masyaf, about 170km north of Damascus, army depots in the eastern Qalamoun region northeast of the capital, the Kisweh area south of Damascus, and a site in the Qasyoun hills overlooking the capital.

The Pentagon says Syria launched 40 surface-to-air missiles in response to the coalition attack.

A Pentagon official says, in total, 105 US and allied missiles were fired from aboard three US Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

Since 2015, Syria has benefited from the support of Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin.




It was in September 2013 that Russian Federation reached a deal with the US that was to destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons. We hit the sites, the heart of the [chemical] weapons program.

Indeed, Trump's "Mission Accomplished" tweet was an awkward - or taunting - reminder of the giant banner that famously served as a backdrop when President George W. Bush, wearing an aviator's flight suit, stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier six weeks after the USA invasion of Iraq in 2003 and declared that major combat operations had ended.

The US Air Force fired air-launched cruise missiles from B-1 bombers, and French and British planes also shot cruise missiles toward the targets. The administration continues to insist, as White said Saturday, the main mission is to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and not further intervene in the Syrian civil war. When asked if the Syrians could have repositioned their alleged chemical weapons resources to protect them from the impending strike, one official said they believed there were "things in these buildings that were not able to be moved".

Assad's Barzah research and development center in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie said. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump wrote.

"We've been waiting for what's going to happen since Trump announced he would react to the chemical attack in Duma", he said. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, said this week that Assad has used chemical weapons dozens of times since war broke out in 2011.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", Mr. Trump said Friday night.

"We can not purge the world of evil or act every where, there is tyranny is a troubled place".

Syria agreed in 2013 to give up its chemical weapons after a nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in Douma. The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, condemned the airstrikes and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".