Members of Congress react to United States strike on Syria

Trump warns Russia to 'get ready,' tweets missiles 'will be coming' to Syria

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that France had "proof" that Syria's Bashar al-Assad crossed his long-stated "red line" by using a gas to attack the rebel-held city of Douma last week, which NGOs say killed at least 40 people.

Russian Federation is a major backer of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war, and strongly opposes the US claim that Syrian government forces attacked a rebel-held town near Damascus on Saturday with chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

May and her Cabinet, meanwhile, met in London on Thursday and "agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", said a statement from Downing Street.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the president said.

"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", Ms May said, referencing the recent nerve gas attack on a Russian double agent in England.

The strike came as Trump has alluded to military action in Syria all week, even tweeting on Wednesday that Russian Federation should be "ready" because "nice and new and "smart" missiles "will be coming".

Syrian state TV said the army's air defenses were confronting an attack by the United States, France and Britain.

President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

"We have seen as a pattern in the world today is actors who behave in a reprehensible manner, then can be quite clever in trying to muddy the waters and in trying to dodge responsibility", she added. "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

"We look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home", he said.

President Donald Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria.

Five years ago, as a reality television personality, Trump said enemies should never know when an attack is coming.

He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use.

With more than 100 missiles fired from ships and manned aircraft, the allies struck three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said. "The United States will be a partner and a friend".

Questions about the timetable came a day after Trump signaled an attack in a response to a Russian threat to shoot down USA missiles aimed at Syria.

Russia claims the chemical attack was staged.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication". The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power.

"Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message past year", Mattis said.



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