Why would Assad use chemical weapons?

The Syrian regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way. "This must be stopped".

Those who take a dim view of selective strikes in response to chemical weapons usage say the US has given up trying to ensure the departure of Assad, which means his forces will continue to kill whomever they wish as they consolidate control, even if they do so with conventional weapons. The UK has blamed Russian Federation for the attack, promoting an unprecedented global diplomatic action against Moscow and the expulsion of diplomats by dozens of countries.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma rather than wait for instructions from Trump on how to proceed.

The US was also anxious that the strikes would prompt a confrontation with Syria's biggest military ally: Russian Federation.

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

"Nobody should doubt British resolve", she added. The difference between gassing hundreds to death or blowing them to smithereens through the use of barrel bombs, cluster munitions and other munitions is minimal, as the end result is the same - a never-ending river of innocent Syrian blood.

The retaliatory missile strikes followed a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus last week.

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Following the attacks, hundreds of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital, honking their vehicle horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian and Russian flags in scenes of defiance.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

"Syrian means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, Buk and Kvadrat were used in the repelling the missile strike".

The French military has said it does not believe any of its missiles were intercepted.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that Paris has evidence of Syria's possession of chemical weapons, despite the destruction of the weapons being confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) years ago.

The Syrian government posted a video of its leader, Bashar al-Assad, walking into his offices the morning after the strikes. Indeed, her speech explaining British involvement in the strikes on Syria this morning makes a pointed reference to that episode. "The use of such weapons is inacceptable and should be prosecuted in every circumstances and anywhere they are used".

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.

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Putin's foreign ministry has branded the attacks a "tremendous blow to the negotiation process".

Freeland did not specify how she knew that the Syrian government was responsible, though she said Canada is working with non-governmental organizations and others to collect evidence of war crimes and other atrocities in Syria.

Whether or not Mr Assad is deterred by the latest strike-and warnings of more to come if he continues gassing his people-it will do little to alter the the course of Syria's civil war. An AP reporter in Damascus says the attacks turned the sky orange.

He tweeted: "I firmly support the military action taken in Syria". In the case of chlorine, it is permitted to possess it for civilian use, but not to use it as a weapon.

The US, supported by France and the United Kingdom, launched a barrage of missiles targeting several sites in Syria late.

"At this time, my thoughts are with our courageous British servicemen and women - and our French and American partners - who are carrying out their duty with the greatest professionalism".

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