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Syrian citizens and rebels expect no change after missile strikes

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Nellie Chapman | 15 April, 2018, 10:21

President Trump declared victory Saturday in the largest application of military force he has ordered, as the US ambassador to the United Nations vowed that the United States is ready to launch another strike if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons again.

Pentagon officials refused to say how they would respond if another deadly chlorine attack occurred, though they explicitly warned Moscow to restrain Assad and force him to live up to pledges to give up his chemical weapons stockpiles completely. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the USA did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications. Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack, but the United States remains adamant.

The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs.

New satellite images from DigitalGlobe appear to show there was extensive damage to two separate facilities in Homs.

The Pentagon assessed that nerve agents were present in the Barzah research center and that the Syrian regime employed about 40 surface-to-air missiles, but those launches occurred after the last impact of the U.S. and its allies' strike.

In the attack Friday night, Britain and France joined USA forces to hit three targets instead of last year's one and with 105 missiles, almost double the number last year. The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons program. The subject will be at the top of the agenda when French President Emmanuel Macron comes to Washington for a state visit in late April.

In a televised address to the nation, US President Donald Trump said the three nations had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

"Now all the areas attacked by chemical weapons are in the hands of the regime and so evidence could be destroyed", he said. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program.

President Donald Trump declared "Mission Accomplished!" hours after joint strikes on Syria by the us and key allies, inviting immediate comparisons to President George W. Bush's early, misplaced optimism about the USA invasion of Iraq in 2003.

At a news conference at the Pentagon after Trump announced the operation Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis described the strikes as a "one-time shot" and "a little over double the weapons" used by the Trump administration when it carried out a similar assault in April 2017 that consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Nicola Sturgeon, the head of Scotland´s devolved government and leader of the Scottish National Party:"Air strikes by U.S. and United Kingdom forces have not resolved the situation in Syria in the past and I am not persuaded they will do so now". Specifically, the USA and allies hit Him Shinshar weapons sites, outside the city of Homs, and the Barzeh research center in Damascus. Syria and Russian Federation have denied any involvement in the alleged attack, and Syria has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.

Nikki Haley relayed the message from Mr. Trump at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday. Obama in 2012 stated, "We have been very clear to the Assad regime-but also to other players on the ground-that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized". "These are not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster", Mr Trump said. "The burden is on the world community to say no, we don't do this".

Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday to condemn the United States' strike against Syria.

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. 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.