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Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain

Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain

The United States, France and Britain have launched a new bid at the United Nations to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, just hours after firing military strikes against Syrian targets. Last year's chemical weapons attack killed dozens civilians, as did this one.

Those places were targeted because the USA believes they are responsible for helping create the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program.

For years, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including how much time the former president spent on the golf course and U.S. military involvement in Syria.

France targeted a nearby storage bunker where chemical and biological weapons were kept, hitting it with seven cruise missiles.

Two sites were targeted west of Homs and one site was targeted in Damascus.

In addition, U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, he said.

US President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airbase last April after a sarin gas attack on the northern city of Khan Sheikhoun that killed scores of people.

"President Trump made it clear the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons", Pence said during a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding the U.S. was prepared to sustain its effort.

This time around, the president worked closely with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking with them both throughout the week by phone.

Syria attacked 'just as it had a chance for peace' - Moscow
The Russian Defence Ministry said Saturday that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas near to Russia's air and naval bases.

Analysts said the latest airstrikes, which used twice as many missiles, may stop Assad from using chemical weapons again. "We do not want the strike to be a response to the use of chemical weapons", he added.

The Pentagon could not confirm how many missiles hit their targets.

"We have developed the Syrian air defense system, and will improve it", Rudskoy said. 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. "These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".

"I support any attack on Assad from any party because he is an unjust dictator and murderer", said Anas Al Wawi, whose parents were forced to leave their home in a suburb of Damascus last week by Mr Al Assad's forces.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", Mr. Trump said Friday night.

The Assad regime has been engaged in a civil war against its people that has resulted in 500,000 deaths, over 7,600,000 internally displaced people, and over 5,100,000 refugees- the worst such humanitarian crisis since World War II. "The burden is on the world community to say no, we don't do this".

The text calls for a ceasefire resolution adopted in February but which never materialised to finally take hold and "demands" that President Bashar al-Assad's government engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without preconditions".

"The United States is locked and loaded", she said at an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

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. Although the three European signatories have said that no changes can be made to the agreement itself, they think they and the United States are close to finishing a declaration outlining their joint positions on the matters. The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, condemned the airstrikes and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".