Explosions rocked Syria's capital. What's next for US, Iran and Russian Federation?

A missile is seen crossing over Damascus Syria

Announcing the strikes, US President Donald Trump criticised both Russian Federation and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

In a news conference Friday evening, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the us -led coalition used double the number of weapons as last year's strike, which involved 58 USA missiles and was also in response to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's military. It's widely reported that Ricky Waddell will step down as national security adviser - deputy national security adviser. The alleged attack has been denied by Syria and Russia, Assad's closest ally. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!", the President tweeted.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in her country Saturday, according to Reuters, that the allied response was "not about intervening in a civil war".

Russia's military says Britain was behind the alleged April 7 chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

Australia backs the military action, which it called a "calibrated, proportionate and targeted response". "We also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians". Mattis estimated the air campaign was about twice the size of the 2017 strike.

Mattis was expected to voice those concerns in Thursday's meeting at the White House, according to United States officials.

US military officials have said they believe the American forces should remain a while longer to help stabilize the places where ISIS was pushed out. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place.

"No final decision has been made".

Mattis, however, suggested the evidence of sarin was so far inconclusive. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons. The Pentagon said it would provide a more detailed assessment on Saturday morning. It resulted in the destruction of some 20 Syrian warplanes and killed seven Syrian troops, US and Syrian officials said at the time.

Syria warned that it will have "no other choice" but to defend itself if the West launches military action.

The president did not provide details, but USA warships in the Mediterranean Sea, armed with cruise missiles, were in position to strike.

Mr. Trump met with his national security team at the White House Wednesday afternoon to discuss options for striking the Syrian regime.

Macron went further in an interview with France's TF1, suggesting the gas used was chlorine.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she continued.

Those comments go further than United States officials have been willing to in public. Britain has accused Russia of being behind last month's nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, a charge Moscow has rejected.

"The worst apprehensions have true", ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement.

In 2013, Assad reached an agreement with former President Barack Obama to turn over his chemical weapons to global bodies and join the Chemical Weapons Convention, an worldwide agreement that prohibits the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention or transfer of chemical weapons.

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