Pentagon on Syria strikes: 'We successfully hit every target'

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

"Could not have had a better result", the President wrote at 8:21 a.m. in his first public statement since the strikes unfolded Friday night.

The United States said on Saturday it overwhelmed and evaded Syrian air defenses overnight to strike every target at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, in a multi-pronged attack from the air and sea alongside British and French allies.

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. He said the targets were "selected. carefully to minimize the risk to innocent civilians" and that he was unaware of any civilian casualties from the operation. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad. "Not a single local resident confirmed that a chemical attack had taken place", the president emphasized.

White also said the United States is "very confident" that the Assad regime was behind the chemical weapons attack on civilians.

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He eventually came back around to Syria - "we're making a decision as to what we do", he said - but it was clear the encroaching special counsel investigation was consuming his attention. The president argued that "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead".

"So we have no choice but to conclude that diplomatic action on its own will not be any more effective in the future than it has been in the past", she said, arguing that it was "both legal and right" to carry out the strikes in Syria.

Syrian state television said government air defense systems were responding to "the American aggression" and aired video of missiles being fired into a dark night sky.

USA officials say Saturday's attack was created to avoid collapsing Assad's regime, which could provide an opportunity for the Islamic State or other radical groups involved in the civil war, or draw responses from Russian Federation or Iran, which are supporting the Assad regime.

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Otherwise the attack did not draw a military response from Russian or Iranian forces operating in Syria, the Pentagon said.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask, What kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" "Nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump added. Bush was addressing sailors aboard a ship alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner. "In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed".

France's aim was to deter Syria's government from using chemical weapons, she said, adding that her government did not want to exacerbate the conflict.

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The Syrian air defenses not only missed the incoming missiles but they kept firing even after the last U.S., British and French strikes were complete.

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