As it happened: US, UK and France strike Syria

10:20 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

105 missiles were launched in strikes against Syria

In a briefing on Saturday morning, the Pentagon provided the following breakdown of the military weapons used to strike Syrian targets overnight.

 

From the Red Sea:

USS Monterey (Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser) - 30 Tomahawk missiles

USS Laboon (Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) - 7 Tomahawk missiles

 

From the North Arabian Gulf:

USS Higgins (Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) - 23 Tomahawk missiles

 

From the eastern Mediterranean:

USS John Warner (Virginia class submarine) - 6 Tomahawk missiles

A French frigate ship (could not understand name) - 3 missiles (naval version of SCALP missiles)

 

From the air:

2 B-1 Lancer bombers - 19 joint air to surface standoff missiles

British flew a combination of Tornado and Typhoon jets - 8 storm shadow missiles

French flew a combination of Rafales and Mirages - 9 SCALP missiles

A US Defense Department photo of the missile strikes against Syria conducted on April 14. The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey fired a Tomahawk missile in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. 

A US Defense Department photo of the missile strikes against Syria conducted on April 14. The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey fired a Tomahawk missile in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. 

10:19 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

Pentagon: Clear message to Syrian regime

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said that the strikes on Syria overnight by US and allies were "a powerful show of allied unity."

"We deployed 105 weapons against three targets that will significantly impact the Syrian regimes ability to develop, deploy and use chemical weapons in the future. It’s been said before but I want to emphasize again that by compassion, this strike was double the size of the last strike in April 2017."

10:18 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

Pentagon: Strikes will set back Syria's chemical weapons "for years"

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, said that the coordinated strikes which struck targets in Syria overnight will set the country's chemical weapons capability back “for years.”

He added that "none of our aircraft or missiles in this operation were successfully engaged" by Syrian regime.

Map of US-led airstrikes in Syria provided by the US Department of Defense.

Map of US-led airstrikes in Syria provided by the US Department of Defense.

10:17 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

Now: Pentagon briefing on Syrian strike underway

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana White has taken the podium for a briefing on the strikes executed by the US and allies overnight.

White told reporters the strikes “successfully hit every target" and that the allies “took every measure and caution” to only hit the intended targets.

9:09 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

UK opposition leader says Syria strikes have no legal basis

UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday that British strikes against Syria as part of a coalition alongside France and the United States have no legal basis.

"You could only do it under the basis of self-defense – if there was a direct threat to us, and there wasn't,” Corbyn told reporters.

The leader of UK's Labour party called for British Prime Minister Theresa May to publish a full legal basis and justification for the airstrikes.

He also criticized the British PM for appearing to take cues from her American counterpart, US President Donald Trump, before questioning why May had not waited for approval by the UK Parliament. 

“Parliament should be consulted, parliament should be allowed to take a view on this, but instead the strikes were launched last night,” said Corbyn. “She could have come to Parliament on Monday to discuss the whole situation and instead they have launched the strikes.”

The British Prime Minister is not obliged to put the matter to a vote in Parliament.

9:02 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

OPCW: Fact-finding mission to Syria will go ahead

The fact-finding mission team of the the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will continue its deployment to Syria to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma last weekend, the chemical weapons watchdog said in a statement on Saturday. 

The OPCW has been working in close collaboration with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team," the statement concluded.
8:57 a.m. ET, April 14, 2018

“The political solution” is the only way out of the Syrian crisis, Jordan Government says

Jordan has emphasized that diplomacy is the only way “to ensure Syria's stability, territorial integrity and the security of its people” the morning after airstrikes by the US, UK and France pounded Syrian targets, according to a statement released by the spokesman for the Jordanian Government, Mohammad al-Momani on Saturday.

“The political solution preserves the unity of the Syrian people, and brings back security and stability to it,” al-Momani said.

“The continuation of violence will only bring more violence, death, destruction and more displacement that the Syrian people are only being the victims off” al-Momani added.