United States airstrikes targeted Syrian chemical weapons infastructure

Ambassadors to the UN during a Security Council vote on the suspected Syrian chemical attack

Ambassadors to the UN during a Security Council vote on the suspected Syrian chemical attack. AAP

In response, they launched missile attacks on 3 locations in Syria on Saturday. "And we were able to repel it with Soviet missiles from the 70s", Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin quoted Assad as saying, TASS reported. But the U.S. Department of Defense said on Saturday that none of the missiles were downed. We are confident that all of our missiles reached their targets.

In a Sunday Telegraph opinion piece, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reinforced U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's statement that the strikes were not about meant to drive regime change or interference in Syria's civil war.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

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In May a year ago, the BBC reported that the Barzah site was being used by the Syrian regime to install chemical weapons on long-range missiles, violating the 2013 agreement to eliminate chemical weapons from the country. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred. "We sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons' attack for which they will be held accountable". The Russian government accused the United Kingdom of staging the attack, which the British government says is "ludicrous". "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", Mattis said.

Syrians flooded the streets to celebrate the triumph of the country's army against a US-UK-French coalition strike, teleSUR correspondent Hisham Wannous reported.‏.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in the Syrian capital on Saturday to carry out an investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, where opposition activists said more than 40 people were killed.

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"For all the sound and fury of these strikes, their net effect is a slap on the wrist of Bashar al-Assad", said Nick Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security.

On Saturday, Trump called the strike "perfectly executed", on Twitter, writing, "mission accomplished!"

It concluded in 2016 that Syrian government forces had several times used chlorine as a chemical weapons, and in 2017 it blamed Assad's government for a sarin attack.

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He said the military strikes early on Saturday had been "perfectly carried out" but were not a declaration of war on Syria. Macron said his scheduled trip to Moscow next month would be maintained despite divergence on the Syrian crisis.

But the joint U.N. -OPCW mechanism ended in November 2017 after Russian Federation repeatedly blocked attempts at renewing it.

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