Trump says Syria strikes "perfectly executed", declares "Mission Accomplished!"

Trump says Syria strikes

But Syria has sought to show through demonstrations and images and video on state-controlled broadcasts that the attacks did little to harm Assad's government.

The US has warned it "is locked and loaded" to strike Syria if any more chemical attacks occur.

"I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office said on Monday an "irresponsible" migration policy on the part of the European Union.

The US envoy to the OPCW, Kenneth D. Ward, said he was concerned that Russian Federation may have interfered with the site of the Douma attack.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", Haley said.

Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major worldwide summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night.

The statement clearly was aimed at discouraging the West from more attacks on Syria that could endanger President Bashar Assad's gains on the battlefield, where Russian support has helped him secure control of most strategic areas.

Inspectors for the Hague-based OPCW met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on Sunday. This time, after a suspected chemical attack in Douma near Damascus, the United Kingdom and France joined hands with the U.S.to punish Mr. Assad's regime.

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta enclave, which was the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of people. Now Russia will pay an economic price for backing Assad in the form of more economic sanctions, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday.


"There will be a solution involving everyone who has influence on the region", he said at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels. It concluded in 2016 that Syrian government forces had several times used chlorine as a chemical weapons, and in 2017 it blamed Assad's government for a sarin attack.

The coordinated attacks came as a response to the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma last week, killing scores of civilians.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", she said.

USA defense officials say they have high confidence chlorine gas was used and are still assessing evidence indicating the presence of sarin gas.

Senator Angus King, an independent who serves on the armed services and intelligence committees, noted that the missile strike Trump ordered a year ago had failed to prevent Syria's continued use of chemical weapons.

The strikes have become the latest, and potentially most risky, flashpoint between the USA and Russian Federation, whose relations have appeared to deteriorate significantly in recent weeks, and have raised the specter of a proxy battle - or even outright conflict - between the two nuclear powers.

The Western leaders were also facing scrutiny at home over their actions. Peskov said only that Russian Federation was against "groundless" accusations about who was responsible for the attack.

United Nations chemical weapons inspectors who arrived in Syria at the weekend have promised to investigate what happened in Douma despite the air strikes against chemical weapons installations.

Trump did not rule out additional strikes, saying he would take additional action "as necessary and appropriate".

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement.

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