US, France and UK launch airstrikes on Syria

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In April 2017, Trump ordered an attack against the Shayrat air base after Syrian aircraft at the base dropped bombs containing the nerve agent sarin.

McConnell said that "the planning for this robust operation by the United States and our allies was clearly well considered".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on Facebook that the United States and its allies delivered a military strike against Syria precisely at a moment when the country has a chance for a peaceful future.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes.

"This history clearly illustrates the Assad regime's consistent use of chemical weapons", the memo read. "To Iran and Russian Federation, I ask you: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" he said.

A U.S. official says a big concern is how much more sophisticated Russia's capabilities are now compared to previous year.

"No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East", Trump said.

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

Trump said the main goal of the attacks was to establish "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use, which he said killed more than 1 million people during World War I a century ago before it was banned worldwide. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 percent of the Syrian air force.

But although France has determined that high-ranking officers in the Syrian army ordered the attack, Le Drian said he could not state with certainty that Assad himself was behind those orders. He is not giving details about what equipment is involved in the operation or what sites it is targeting.

The demonstrations broke out early Saturday following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians.

Syria has been fighting a civil war for over seven years.

While the effectiveness of the strike is still being analyzed, "initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack", the ministry said in a statement.

A spokesperson said: "They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response".

Syrian state news termed the strikes "a flagrant violation of global law" and said the intervention "is doomed to fail".

The attacks were described by the Pentagon as precise and aimed exclusively at the regime's chemical weapons facilities.

Washington, Paris and London have nevertheless insisted that their own secret intelligence points to Assad's guilt, and on Friday, a USA spokeswoman said they had "proof".

Johnson tweeted Saturday that he welcomed the news of the military strike against major chemical weapons facilities in Syria in concert with "our US and French allies".

As Trump made the announcement, loud explosions were heard over the Syrian Capital, Damascus, AP reported.

In 2013 President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

A scientific research center in the greater Damascus area.

Mrs May said chemical weapons had "all too often" been used in recent times.

A weapon storage facility and a command post close to the facility near Homs. "They will lose years of research and development, storage and equipment".

"We were very precise and proportionate", Mattis said.

The Prime Minister spoke after four RAF Tornados joined fighter jets from America and France in hitting targets controlled by the Assad regime.

Mr. Trump described a very specific type of target that the USA would go after, which are Syria's chemical weapon capabilities.

Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Referring to Assad, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

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