Britain says it fully supports U.S. strikes on Syria

Trump said strike on Syria in the "vital national security interest" of the United States.

"The UK Government fully supports the United States action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack".

The U.S launched a targeted missile strike on Syria to "prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons", President Donald Trump said on Thursday night.

At least 72 people, including 20 children, were killed by a suspected mixture of chlorine and a nerve agent in an attack in the largely opposition-held Idlib province on Tuesday.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that they have established a fact-finding mission to collect information regarding the attack to confirm the use of chemical weapons.

What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Rubio opposed a US strike against the Syrian regime in 2013 when President Obama threatened to take such action following another deadly chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus. "Now Assad has been caught red-handed carrying out another abhorrent chemical attack, and the administration has taken a measured response".

Earlier, Syrian State TV responded to the U.S. military strike by dubbing it as 'American aggression, ' albeit without much detail. Obama needs Congressional approval.

Two of Mr. Trump's staunchest critics within the Republican Party, Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham lauded the military action. This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russian Federation.

Initially opposing military action in Syria, Trump was reportedly swayed by the images of dead men, women, and children among the casualties, and felt compelled to act, according to CNN's Jim Acosta. The strikes occurred as Trump and Xi were wrapping up a dinner of Dover sole and dry-aged NY strip steak.

"Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behaviour have all failed and failed very dramatically". He called the strikes a "proportional response" to Syrian use of chemical weapons.

USA officials said they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes - meant to punish the Syrian government for what they say was a chemical weapons attack earlier this week - and had avoided hitting Russian personnel. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilise, threatening the United States and its allies.

Trump appeared to have opted for measured and targeted air attacks instead of a full-blown assault on Assad's forces and installations. He told Al Arabiya TV that a fire raged for two hours in the base, until it was put out.

  • Zachary Reyes