The Pentagon said Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles, but most were launched after the damage was done.
Russian Federation and Iran referred to as using drive by the United States and its allies a "army crime" and "act of aggression". The U.N. Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.
Trump's United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said she spoke with the president yesterday morning and he reiterated that American forces wouldn't hesitate to strike if Assad used chemical weapons again. In the bigger picture other interests and objectives are at play, and the U.S.is using the plight of the Syrian people to legitimise military intervention, making way for a possible shift in the U.S.'s Syria policy if the situation demands it.
The president responded to the outrage early on Sunday morning.
The strikes "efficiently hit each goal", White instructed reporters on the Pentagon. Using the alleged chemical attack to legitimise the use of force amongst its allies, Assad has faced retribution for his indiscriminate attacks on civilians. A weak Assad, and consequently a fragile Syria, would allow for the U.S.to counter its larger Iranian enemy and Russian Federation foe, in addition to playing the Gulf States and maintaining their support.
The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. The World Health Organization said 70 were killed in the attack, with 43 dying from chemical exposure.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to as the assault "essential and acceptable".
U.S. President Donald Trump announces military strikes on Syria while delivering a statement from the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. That didn't imply army strikes would proceed. In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned.
Democrats and others denounced Trump's use of the "Mission Accomplished" phrase as odd, incautious and premature.
Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons. He mentioned the missiles hit the "candy spot", doing the anticipated stage of harm whereas minimizing the unintentional launch of poisonous fumes that may very well be unsafe to close by civilians.
When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted. "To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that. I believe, nevertheless they're going to assume lengthy and exhausting about it".
Assad's Barzah research and development center in Damascus was destroyed, McKenzie said. "It doesn't exist anymore".
While there appears to be no immediate alternative to the so-called Geneva Process that would lead to a political transition in Syria, several senior USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted it has failed and it was time to rethink. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.
Vice President Mike Pence, in Peru for a gathering of regional leaders, mentioned "there shall be a value to pay" involving army drive if Syrian chemical weapons are used once more.
Disputing the Russian military's contention that Syrian air defense units downed 71 allied missiles, McKenzie said no USA or allies missiles were stopped.
"The Geneva Process hasn't worked and it's time to find something new or change it", said one US official. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for worldwide inspectors to complete their visit to the area.
British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.