"Trump says, "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".
The White House and Pentagon are insisting the airstrikes the US carried out with its allies overnight differ from the strikes the USA conducted last April, after a different chemical weapons attack attributed to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime.
French involvement was confirmed on Friday night as well, when the country's President: Emmanuel Macron, said that a "red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed".
AFP's correspondent in the city said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead. A huge fire could be seen from a distance to the east. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway. "We thank them both". Trump called the attack "evil" and "despicable", saying that it left mothers, fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man.
McKenzie added Syrian's air defensive efforts were "ineffective" and the mission was over before Syrian military even got a single defensive missile airborne.
A "number of missiles" targeted a scientific research centre in Barzeh, near Damascus, and destroyed a building housing an education centre and labs and caused other damage, the military said.
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Pakistan is following the situation in Syria with grave concern and has called all sides to refrain from actions inconsistent with the UN Charter. The strikes were his first major military involvement since taking office past year.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the only communications that took place between the United States and Russian Federation before the operation were "the normal deconfliction of the airspace, the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said no additional strikes were planned.
Most of the weapons rained down on the Barzah Research and Development Center, the "heart" of the chemical weapon program, located in the greater Damascus area. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran _ but maybe not". Assad is indeed a "monster", as Trump described him during his address to the nation on Friday night.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told local TV station TF1 on today that the decision to launch strikes against Syrian chemical weapons stocks was based on information collected by trusted NGOs, laboratories and the French intelligence services. "Life is normal. Where are Trump's genius missiles?"
The emergency session was called by Russian Federation which demanded the Security Council condemn the "aggression" against Syria following from military strikes overnight Friday-Saturday carried out by the United States, Britain, and France in a joint operation which came in response to an alleged recent chemical weapons attack. "This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons".
Washington, Paris and London have nevertheless insisted that their own secret intelligence points to Assad's guilt, and on Friday, a U.S. spokeswoman said they had "proof".
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Syria's state-run news agency SANA reported at least three civilians were wounded in the strikes.
Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".
Backed by his hawkish new national security adviser John Bolton, Trump has been meeting with advisors and generals all week to plan. "This is not about intervening in a civil war".
"Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in last week's attack in eastern Ghouta, Syria".
Trump has often spoken of his desire to build a stronger relationship with Russian Federation, but Moscow's support for Assad poses another impediment to that.
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