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The three strikes targeted a research center in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump wanted to do heavier damage to Assad's war machine but ultimately settled on degrading his chemical weapons capability in part because he was reminded that part of his domestic political base was opposed to the United States getting dragged deeper into the Syria quagmire.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed. Damascus's allies saying the buildings hit had been evacuated in advance. "Sarin gas is one of the banned war weapons according to worldwide treaties but the Assad regime has been killing people over the past seven years using all kinds of weapons". He said: "With the joint operation by the US, UK and France, the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn't be left unanswered".

But George says a new government will risk religious freedom in Syria. Hill says in 2013, the Russians promised to oversee the withdrawal of chemical weapons from Syria.

"It was a one-time shot, they hit the airport and then Assad kept on killing his people", she said.

The strikes are "a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law and the charter (of the UN Security Council) and an outrage against a sovereign state which will only worsen the conflict in (Syria) and the region", it added.

Syria said on Saturday that US-led missile strikes on military targets and research facilities have failed to achieve their goal, condemning them as a flagrant breach of global law.

Jean-Claude Juncker said the suspected use of poison gas last week in the Syrian city of Douma was - as he puts it - a "heinous chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime".

Earlier, the office of France's President Emanuel Macron said the country's air force fired missiles from its Mirage and Rafale fighter jets.

Syrian state media called the attack a "flagrant violation of worldwide law", while Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it a "crime". Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it a crime and the Western leaders criminals. China too opposed the strikes. The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called strike an "act of aggression against a sovereign state" and claimed they went against the United Nations charter. "These are the very people who need our support".

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