Missile strikes underscore Russian support of Syrian chemical weapon capability

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" after ordering a military strike on suspected chemical weapons targets in Syria Friday night, provoking strong protests by Syrian leaders, Iran and Russian Federation.

Donald Trump ordered the strikes in response to accusations of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces using chemical weapons, although this sort of escalation has seemed inevitable ever since the president named warmonger John Bolton as his new national security advisor.

He wrote: "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine military".

Minutes after Trump's announcement, journalists from Reuters and The Associated Press reported hearing loud blasts over Damascus, the Syrian capital.

"In a whole regional conflict that the USA has greatly exacerbated over the last 15 years, waging illegal wars, launching the war in Iraq first nearly 16 years ago now, something like that, and based on open lies".

With nationalist music blaring in the background, small groups of residents gathered on the streets in several locations in Damascus, waving the Syrian flag as well as the flags of Iran and Russian Federation, which have supported Assad in the seven-year-old civil war.

For or against it, University of Chicago political science professor Robert Pape doesn't think they'll make much difference. Eastern time that the first wave of airstrikes were over. Trump said strikes on Syria are under way. "This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said.

The Barzeh Research and Development Center, according to the Pentagon briefing, is located in the greater Damascus area.

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Syria said on Saturday that US-led missile strikes on military targets and research facilities have failed to achieve their goal, condemning them as a flagrant breach of worldwide law.

He doubts Friday's strikes fully depleted Syrian president Bashir al-Assad's chemical weapons supply, adding Russian Federation could just give him more. "Mission Accomplished!", Trump tweeted Saturday.

Syria rejected the accusations as "chemical fabrications" made by the foreign-backed terrorists in the country in a bid to halt advances by pro-government forces.

Syria, along with its allies Russian Federation and Iran, has denied the use of chemical weapons and Russian Federation has suggested the entire attack was a fabrication by western forces.

Mattis addressed the nation from the Pentagon about an hour after President Trump's announcement.

"I support the United States and coalition partners' strikes in Syria". "A lot has been destroyed in last night's strikes".

The text calls for a ceasefire resolution adopted in February - but which never materialised - to finally take hold and demands that Assad's government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions". "This time, our allies and we have struck harder".

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