US, French, British Forces Launch Air Strike Against Syria

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"It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability.

Prime Minister Theresa May explained Britain's decision to join the attacks, saying there was no alternative but to do so.

United States President Donald Trump agreed to launch coordinate strikes against Syria with allies on Friday.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of worldwide law".

- In response, the Russian embassy in the USA said it had warned that such actions would "not be left without consequences", adding that insulting President Vladimir Putin was "unacceptable and inadmissible".

He said the latest attack was created to destroy the Syrian regime's ability to produce chemical weapons.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. "Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

A scientific research center in Damascus.

The missile strikes took place as a team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Damascus to probe the alleged chemical incident in Douma last week. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not", he said.

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work. Mattis and Dunford also said they know chlorine was used in the Syrian chemical weapons attack and would not rule out sarin gas.

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Defence Minister Florence Parly said cruise missiles had been fired, in coordination with the United States and Britain.

"U.S., allies will not gain any achievements from crimes in Syria".

Alexander Sherin, deputy head of the State Duma's defense committee, says Trump "can be called Adolf Hitler No. 2 of our time _ because, you see, he even chose the time that Hitler attacked the Soviet Union". The missiles had been shot down in the Kiswah area south of the capital Damascus, it said.

France's defence minister has ruled out "confrontation" and "escalation" following its joint military operation with the USA and United Kingdom that attacked "targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" in Syria. He said that the Syrian leader had launched a "savage" chemical weapons attack previously and again recently. President Donald Trump immediately said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would pay a "big price" and blamed both Russian Federation and Iran for supporting the Assad regime.

Trump is also putting pressure on Russian Federation and Iran to remove their support for Syria as he asked, "what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?"

Britain, France and the U.S. attacked Syrian targets early this morning, seeking to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians last weekend. He said the targets were "selected. carefully to minimize the risk to innocent civilians" and that he was unaware of any civilian casualties from the operation.

President Donald Trump addressed the nation and says the goal was to of the actions.

The Syrian government has repeatedly dimissed the alleged chemical attack in Douma as fabrication by the rebels and their foreign supporters to justify military strikes on Syria.

"If it is finished, and there is no second round, it will be considered limited", the official told Reuters.

Officials from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar expressed support for the strikes on Syrian government targets.

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