As it happened: US, UK and France strike 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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.