Trump accuses Russia of "failure" and orders striking Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he had given orders to strike Syria in a joint operation with French and British armed forces in response to alleged chemical attacks the West accused the Syrian regime of launching in the eastern city of Douma.
"Putin and his government have pledged to remove Syrian chemical weapons in the past and today's strikes are the result of Russia's failure to do so," Trump said in a televised statement.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had allowed British forces to take coordinated strikes to reduce the Syrian regime's capabilities, but said the military strikes against Damascus were not about "regime change" there.
The French president, Emmanuel Macaron, confirmed the intervention of the French army in the military strike on Syria in coordination with the United States and Britain.