"It was mission accomplished", White said. "So it was a mission accomplished".
May said that Britain has "sought to use every possible diplomatic channel" to stop the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, "but our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted". "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line". That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.
The Syrian Central Military Media released a video showing missiles over Damascus during Saturday's airstrikes. A Syrian military statement said in all, 110 missiles were fired by the U.S., Britain and France and that a lot of them were shot down or derailed.
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.
A vehicle with loudspeakers blaring the national song "Oh Syria, You Are My Love" could be heard driving through central Damascus during the attack.
He said the US-led military coalition carried out the attacks with the objective of creating obstacles for an worldwide team expected to investigate the suspected chemical attack in Douma "because they are confident that this team can not find anything proving their claims".
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The joint military campaign drew a swift and harsh response from Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally and its strongest partner.
Russia's defence ministry claimed that the strikes were created to disrupt an investigation by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which was due to start work on Saturday in Douma.
The WHO, citing reports from health partners on the ground, also said about 500 people went to the hospital showing signs of exposure to "toxic chemicals" in Douma. In a statement the ministry said that of 103 cruise missiles fired in the USA -led airstrike, 71 were shot down by Syria's Soviet-made air-defense systems. Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday during a press briefing at the Pentagon about the strikes carried out on Friday. Syrian time, about 9 p.m.
Dunford said missiles first struck a scientific research center in the Damascus area that he said was a center of Syrian research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.
The missiles hit their targets within a minute or two of each other, McKenzie said, striking around 4:00 am Syrian time (0100 GMT).
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"Initial assessments are that this target was destroyed", he said. Witnesses on the ground in Damascus reported hearing explosions in the Syrian capital, where more than a million people live.
As the attack unfolded, Moscow claimed that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted by Russian-made Syrian air defenses.
Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia said the USA and allies have demonstrated a blatant disregard for worldwide law.
However, May is facing questions over the legality of committing United Kingdom forces to any US-led attack on Syria.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis did not say whether he believed the strikes would deter Assad from using chemical weapons again. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a United States military response.
Initial US assessment suggests nerve agent used in Syria attack
The suspected poison gas attack came nearly exactly a year after the US missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths. Poland, alongside the UK, France, the United States, Kuwait and Peru, was among countries that had called for the gathering.
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