Estonian reactions to US, French, British strikes against Syrian forces

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

The U.S., United Kingdom and France launched targeted missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's regime on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

Precision missile strikes targeted three Syrian chemical weapons facilities: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The U.S. -led strikes come about one year after Trump ordered the launching of 58 Tomahawk missiles targeting a Syrian airfield from which another chemical attack was launched.

BBC reported that the explosions hit the capital, Damascus, as well as two locations near the city of Homs, the Pentagon said.

State TV broadcast live from the square where a large crowd of civilians mixed with men in uniforms, including an actor, lawmakers and other figures.

It is the biggest intervention by Western powers against Assad in Syria's seven-year civil war, and has pitted the USA and its allies against Moscow.

"We will try to make it better but it is a troubled place", Trump said. The targets of that strike included Syrian aircraft, aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage facilities, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radar.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime". United States officials have said they have blood tests from civilians in Douma that prove the Assad regime used chemical weapons. The Russian military said the missiles were fired from U.S. ships in the Red Sea as well as from tactical aircraft above the Mediterranean and by USA strategic bombers from near the Al-Tanf base. That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area.

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One major concern the U.S. had was that the Syria strikes would prompt a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow, whose relations have been spiraling downward.

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Trump also took a swipe at Russian Federation and Iran, condemning their continued support to Assad's regime.

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our worldwide partners and allies", May said.

The Prime Minister said she will go before the Commons on Monday to answer questions about her decision but insisted there was no "alternative path".

Many world leaders said the airstrikes were "necessary and appropriate." .

Both the Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs Assad, have denied such a chemical attack took place.

"Again, we are being threatened", Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said in a statement. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris". "Without the authorization of the United Nations Security Council, in defiance of the UN Charter, norms and principles and global law, an act of aggression has been committed against a sovereign state, which is at the forefront of the war on terror", the Kremlin press service quotes Putin as saying.

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