Pin-point destruction: Satellite images reveal how Syrian 'chemical weapons factory' was obliterated in missile strike - but buildings nearby were left unscathed

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New satellite images show how US-led air strikes completely obliterated Syria's main chemical weapon centre - but left its surroundings virtually untouched.

The images reveal the precision with which the US, UK and France fired 76 missiles to land exactly on the Barzah Research and Development centre in northern Damascus in the early hours of Saturday.

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Barzah was one of three key chemical weapon sites flattened by coordinated military action against Bashar al-Assad's regime and his brutal chemical weapons attack that killed 75 of his own people.

A total of 105 missiles landed within just two minutes after US President Donald Trump backed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, commanded the offensive.

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But British forces were left looking second-rate after Mr Macron made the most of France's superior contribution to the bombings.

The RAF fired just eight missiles, compared to their French counterpart's 12. The French Navy launched three cruise missiles from Freigate, while the Royal Navy were not involved at all.

Mr - Macron - Officials - Role - Strikes

Mr Macron and his officials were keen to promote their role in the strikes on social media, with Whitehall sources worried the French leader is trying to position himself as Trump's biggest ally in Europe.

A source told The Times Theresa May and her team 'need to brace themselves for the fact Macron could be trying to be America's "go-to-guy", especially after Britain leaves the EU.

Attack - US - Missiles - Cruise - Ships

The attack saw 85 US missiles fired from three cruise ships, with Trump taking to Twitter afterwards to say: 'Mission accomplished!'

The second target in the joint campaign was the Hinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility. It was destroyed by 22 weapons including Scalp and Storm Shadows and three Naval cruise missiles. The third target, the Hinshar CW Bunker, was hit by seven Scalp missiles.

Aftermath - Bombings - US

In the aftermath of the bombings the US...
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