USA troops not leaving Syria until goals accomplished: Haley

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The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in worldwide law.

"Last night, we obliterated the major research facility that it used to assemble weapons of mass murder", Haley told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Syria.

Assad also declined to comment on calls by the U.S. state department to declare alleged Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Zheleznyak said.

- French president Emmanuel Macron said "a red line" had been crossed after the chemical weapons attack in Douma.

"Last night, US and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians".

The UN Security Council rejected on Saturday a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain, and France on Syria targets overnight Friday-Saturday in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month.

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The joint military campaign drew a swift and harsh response from Russian Federation , a key Syrian ally and its strongest partner. It was evident early on that Trump was intent on taking action to punish the Syrian regime for its actions.

From Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed support, as did German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the strikes "necessary and appropriate".

The Pentagon says Syria launched 40 surface-to-air missiles in response to the coalition attack.

Russian Federation filed a draft resolution condemning the missile attack as a violation of worldwide law and the UN Charter, and demanding the U.S. and its allies cease aggression against Syria.

Haley said the USA successfully hit the heart of Syria's chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, it is confident that it has crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme. According to a Pentagon official, targets were selected that participated in the research, development and deployment of chemical weapons.

"We don't need more military action, we need all worldwide parties to push for a political solution", said Boulad.

The Syrian government has to declare the entire stockpile of chemical weapons in order to resume the political dialogue in Geneva, US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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Seven SCALP missiles hit the bunker, according to the U.S. military.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

"President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons on his own people".

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons. He authorized a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit a single Syrian airfield in April 2017 in retaliation for Assad's use of sarin gas against civilians.

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