New Delhi, April 14: In the aftermath of air strikes launched on Syrian soil by United States President Donald Trump, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has claimed that a “large part” of the Damascus government’s arsenal “has been destroyed”. Meanwhile, the US President has confirmed that “precision strikes” were ordered on Syria to deter Assad from using chemical weapons. Trump called the mission “accomplished”.
“A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished. So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had. There won’t be anything, or anyone, even close,” Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday.
“A large part of its chemical arsenal has been destroyed. A lot has been destroyed in last night’s strikes,” Le Drian was quoted as telling BFM television. He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for the gas attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb last week. The gas attack, as claimed by him killed at least 40 people.
The minister further stated that, “On the question of chemical weapons, there is a red line that must not be crossed, and if it should be crossed again, there will be another intervention.”
The US launched airstrikes on Syria over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. More than 100 missiles were fired in the capital city of Damascus by the US and its allies- France and Britain. Trump attributed the attacks to Russia’s inability to stop Syria’s Assad from using chemical weapons. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime,” he added.
British PM Theresa May also supported the US-led air strikes on Syria by calling them a ‘clear message’ against the use of chemical weapons.
Russia reacted to the air strikes saying that once again they were being threatened and such actions by the US will not be excused. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that an emergency session of UN Security Council will be called over US launched airstrikes. Tehran also slammed the US’s decision of launching air strikes in Syria.