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United States targets Syrian chemical weapons facilities with strikes

United States targets Syrian chemical weapons facilities with strikes

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said.

"This time, the allies struck harder".

Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Mattis made the comments as justification for last year's USA missile strikes on Syria but did not suggest what military action the administration might take in Syria in the coming days.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", Trump said.

Later he was noncommittal. "I will tell you when I leave here I'm going to a meeting - the National Security Council will be meeting on this, and we will take forward the various options to the president".

White House spokesman Raj Shah talked about Friday afternoon that Trump "goes to hold the Syrian authorities accountable".

"I believe there was a chemical attack and we are looking for the actual evidence", Mattis told lawmakers, adding he wanted inspectors in Syria "probably within the week".

The action Friday was the second such strike Trump has authorized in Syria after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from warships at a Syrian airbase in April 2017. "We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time, it was a heavy strike", he said.

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The US military warned Russian Federation of areas it would be operating in, but did not coordinate planning or targets, Dunford said.

World powers have threatened a strong response to Saturday's attack, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying Thursday he had "proof" Syria's government was behind it. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

The other two targets were near Homs and included a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city that is the primary location of Syria's sarin gas, and another location that "contained both chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post". It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any U.S. military action.

Earlier Thursday, Trump softened his rhetoric. The U.S., France and Britain condemned Assad's regime - as well as his allies Russian Federation and Iran - for the attack. We also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians.

The United States, France and Britain are finalizing plans for an expected strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

The US fired more than 118 missiles in "precision strikes" on Syria on Friday night. "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act".

Top officials in Russian Federation, along with Iran a prime backer of the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, voiced fears of a wider conflict between the West and Moscow. He sat in the Oval Office with Trump last evening along with chief of staff John Kelly when Trump phoned May, and was the leading voice telling Trump to cancel a planned trip to South America to remain in the United States and monitor the Syria response. Russia, meanwhile, claimed Friday to be in possession of "irrefutable evidence" the alleged chemical attack was a "staged incident", according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.


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