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

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"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad".

USA sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

Saturday's strikes by the U.S., Britain and France were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian military in eastern Ghouta. "Saying it's been a success - we won't know until we see if the regime continues to use chemical weapons".

In announcemnt made in the past few minutes the US President Donald Trump has confirmed that a number of missiles have been launched on chemical weapons factories in the Syrian capital.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.

"The American (military) knows well that going toward a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region", Nasrallah said.

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.

With Russian involvement in Syria and Moscow condemning Saturday's allied missile strike, Haley acknowledged that U.S. -Russian relations are at a low point.

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The Syrian Armed Forces later said the US and its Western allies fired a total of one-hundred-and-ten missiles from manned aircraft and ships.

Addressing told the council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any chemical attack took place - with Russian Federation calling it a "staged thing".

In Damascus, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official.

But Johnson stressed the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was a response to a series of chemical attacks in recent years.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in global relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the global law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

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