Trump says 'mission accomplished' in Syria airstrikes

At a Pentagon briefing Friday, U.S. officials described the strikes as a joint operation consisting of British, American and French forces.

Last year, the United States only waged strikes on Syria after determining that more deadly sarin gas was used and some U.S. media had reported that Washington was confident Assad had also used sarin on April 7.

"Last year (US) President Donald Trump said that the use of chemical weapons would violate a red line". Barzah is the location of a major Syrian scientific research center.

He added: "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs.

The report says Syria's air defenses confronted the missiles near Homs, and says the airstrikes also targeted an army depot there.

AFP's correspondent in Damascus said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am local time (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead.

Fox News reported that US military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13.

He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.

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"More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets", the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency, adding that "a significant number" were shot down by Syrian air defences.

And he says the U.S.is "prepared to sustain this effort if necessary". "It is not about regime change", said Theresa May, Britain's prime minister. "Assad's recent attack are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise", Trump said. But Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, warned of consequences after the strikes on its ally.

It said: "Such action could have risky consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent".

The U.S. president, who has tried to build good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sharply critical words for Russia and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

"A large part of its chemical arsenal has been destroyed".

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Damascus denies that the alleged chemical attack took place.

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with United Nations security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team", it said.

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