"The only reason Assad is still in power is because of the Russians regrettable vetoes in the United Nations, and the Russian and Iranian military", Mattis said".
"We assess that this was the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment", Dunford said.
The president of France said flatly that "we have proof that last week chemical weapons, at least chlorine, were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad".
Trump had vowed to take swift and decisive action against Syria since reports of a suspected poison gas attack that killed dozens of people. After the assault ceased and the early morning skies went darkish as quickly as additional, autos with loudspeakers roamed the streets of Damascus blaring nationalist songs.
Macron says the operation is restricted to Syria's abilities to supply chemical weapons.
"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", Trump wrote on Twitter. During the Pentagon briefing, it was revealed that three facilities had been targeted, all related to Syrian chemical storing, and scientific research facilities. "As other nations step up their contributions we look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home".
"We seem to say things and then move on", Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, said Wednesday on Fox News Radio's The Brian Kilmeade Show.
President Donald Trump is asking for a "prayer for our noble warriors" as he concludes his remarks announcing strikes on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program. Dunford said that the strikes had destroyed "important infrastructure" as well as "years of research" on chemistry. He said Friday that he saw that evidence only on Thursday.
Trump has signaled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.
But for now, President Donald Trump hasn't reached a decision on a strike despite his tweets to the contrary, Mattis said.
Trump spoke from the White House Friday evening time.
He also said that the trust and coordination among the allies(France & UK) were very crucial in conducting today's strikes.
"We have forces in the field as you know in Syria and the use of chemical weapons in Syria is not something we should assume that, well because he didn't use them on us this time, he wouldn't use them on us next time", he said.
The Russian Center for Reconciliation sent inspectors to Douma, finding no trace of chemical weapons use.
I hope the Syrians and the Russians draw the same inference.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters earlier that the National Security Council would be meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss plans for responding to the incident in Syria.
"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith.
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