US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

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The United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", said McKenzie.

The comments were his first since the US, Britain, and France launched more than a hundred missiles against sites linked to his regime's chemical and biological warfare operations. "They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war must be allowed to "proceed as it will", after unprecedented Western strikes against the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities.

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the site of the suspected gas attack in Douma on April 7, which medical relief organisations say killed dozens of people.

President Trump said the strikes were necessary to prevent chemical weapons from being used on innocent Syrians again.

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a United Nations resolution on Syria proposed by the US, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

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"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

USA military officials said an initial assessment showed every one of the missiles struck its target on Saturday, reducing the facilities to rubble while avoiding any civilian casualties.

The attack was roughly double the size of the US strike a year ago on a Syrian air base, which was also in response to a chemical attack. Trump said, (quote) "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path", slamming his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who said in 2013 that Moscow had guaranteed the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. Responding to the airstrikes, Putin on Saturday condemned what he called "an attack on Syria".

After the air strikes U.S. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the joint chiefs of staff, said he hadn't seen any indication that Russian air defense systems were used, calling Syria's response "indiscriminate" and mostly futile.

The United States and its allies said Sunday there are no plans for further attacks against Syria, but warned additional chemical attacks could prompt military response.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described US -led air strikes against the country as an act of aggression during a meeting with Russian lawmakers Sunday.