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Syrian-Americans express anger over US-led airstrikes in Syria

For residents of Syrian capital attack comes as a disorienting predawn barrage of light and sound Syria is latest test for President Trump's foreign policy
Ellis Copeland | 16 April, 2018, 11:35

Pentagon officials said the overnight missile strikes by the USA, the United Kingdom, and France on three key targets in Syria crippled the ability of dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime to use chemical weapons. It is still unclear how effective the strikes will be against Syria's regime.

But he appeared to contradict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain" the military response if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons. He called on the United States to pressure Turkey to end its military expeditions in Syria.

USA sources say the substance is likely to have been a mixture of chlorine, sarin, and other chemicals.

"President Assad's use of chemical weapons and attacks on civilians are inexcusable, inhumane, and illegal".

The Pentagon says they believe the airstrikes "attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program". The U.S. war there dragged on for eight more years.

KHQ will continue to update this list as statements from other officials are sent into the newsroom.

Behind closed doors, Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken past year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russian Federation and Iran, officials said.

On Saturday, a team of United Nations chemical experts arrived in Syria to investigate whether Assad's government was responsible for the attack a week ago.

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Syria says it had given up its chemical weapons in 2013.

She added: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

The U.S. president was also said to be upset over perceived Russian inaction over Syria using the weapons.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the three countries fired over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles, most of which were shot down by Syrian air defense. "So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime".

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but it also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with the Syria conflict.

Several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, north of Damascus, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre", SANA reported. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons used by that very awful regime".

US Defence Secretary James Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford said three main chemical weapons facilities were targeted at 9 pm EST (2 am CEST) by missiles from both the sea and aircraft. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

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