France, Britain, US propose United Nations resolution on chemical weapon in Syria

"This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", Stoltenberg said.

Although the operation was secretly unfolding for hours before the first impact, it only took minutes from the first to the last detonation from 105 precision-guided missile strikes on three Syrian chemical weapons targets, officials said. In the case of chlorine, it is permitted to possess it for civilian use, but not to use it as a weapon.

That assessment was touted by Russian state media and officials who portrayed the air strikes - aimed at punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack allegedly carried out by his forces - as largely a flop.

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado comes into land at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on Saturday after conducting strikes in support of Operations over the Middle East.

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

Wannous reported that some semblance normalcy has returned as Syrians went about their day-to-day activities in Damascus and other provinces after this strike.

But Russia has blocked countless resolutions against its Syrian ally and the regime has appeared determined to continue its military reconquest of the country. They say the strikes are punishment for killing dozens of people, many of them women and children, with banned toxic munitions.

Russian Gen. Sergei Rudskoi speaks during a briefing in Moscow on Saturday.

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The airstrikes are a "dangerous development", which could be be exploited by "terrorists", Iraq's foreign ministry said.

Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in worldwide relations".

Among the sites reportedly hit overnight Friday was the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, a facility that has played a key role in Syria's chemical weapons program since the 1970s.

Germany's chancellor said the allied strikes in Syria were a "necessary and appropriate" response.

A Western draft resolution obtained by AFP at a meeting of the UN Security Council Saturday calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and enforcement of a ceasefire, along with demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks.

"This action gives a strong signal to extremists and militants that they are doing right things", RIA quoted Maria Zakharova as saying.

Russia, which is helping Assad fight militants and rebels opposed to his rule, immediately condemned the strikes and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement condemning last week's attack on Douma in the "strongest possible terms".

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