Syria says US-led missile air strikes violation of global law

Syria says US-led missile air strikes violation of global law

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House, saying the three allies had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

The Syrian People's Assembly "strongly condemned" the US-British-French tripartite "aggression" against Syria, saying it violated the global legitimacy principles, worldwide law and UN Charter.

Compared to strikes that President Donald Trump launched against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack on civilians almost one year ago, last night's action was "more robust in terms of military action" because it was an allied, as opposed to unilateral, strike that targeted alleged chemical weapons infrastructure and is meant to be part of a sustained effort, an administration official said.

"I spoke to the president this morning and he said: If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley said. It called the attack a flagrant violation of global law.

Friday's military campaign targeted research facilities that are thought to have been involved in the production of chemical weapons.

France's foreign minister has threatened further missile strikes against Syria if Bashar Assad's government uses chemical weapons again.

Rudskoi said Russian air defense assets in Syria monitored the strike, but didn't engage. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to visit Douma yesterday to inspect the site of the suspected gas attack.

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President Donald Trump and his British and French allies say the airstrikes were necessary to deter Syria's use of chemical weapons but Russian Federation insists there's no evidence that chemical weapons were used.

It is our goal "to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things", Haley said.

A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected.

Later Sunday, Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation " that the USA will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons.

Angela Merkel said the US, Britain and France "took responsibility in this way as permanent members of the UN Security Council". "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the United States president said in a televised address.

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the USA and its allies' strike.

While the chemical weapons attack has put Syria fully on Trump's radar, experts say it's unlikely to persuade him to stay the course in Syria beyond defeating Islamic State.

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