Any opposition expectations that the airstrikes might try to destroy or degrade Assad's lethal air power or target bases where his warplanes and helicopters begin their bombing missions were quickly dashed: The U.S., British and French precision attacks only singled out Assad's alleged chemical weapons capabilities.
While some people are cautious about laying the blame for the chemical attack on Douma at Syrian President Bashar Assad's door, Britain, France and the United States believe there is no other plausible culprit - citing a growing body of evidence against the regime.
The Syrian government posted a video of its leader, Bashar al-Assad, walking into his offices the morning after the strikes.
"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons". "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity".
"However Syria has forced us to take action by it use of chemical weapons", she said, adding: "The United States is locked and loaded".
"In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons".
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"They [France] said the facts were incontrovertible [for the chemical attack in Douma], but said they could not share them with us", Mr Lavrov said, according to BBC.
"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air", Trump said as he announced the joint action against Assad's regime from the White House late Friday, in a primetime televised address.
Mr. Trump claimed the USA will have a "sustained" response to curtail Syria.
"President Trump ought to sustain the attacks if Assad doesn't learn these lessons, and Iran's ayatollahs and Kim Jong Un might to learn the easy way", Cotton said.
The Kremlin released a statement from Putin saying the strike was an "act of aggression against a sovereign state which is in the front line in the fight against terrorism", and that there was no proof a chemical weapons attack had taken place.
"Taken together, the symptoms are characteristic or a chemical attack, notably a nerve agent or cyanide". Assad, who has denied ever using chemical weapons against his opponents, responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.
As the attack unfolded, Moscow claimed that 71 out of 103 missiles were intercepted by Russian-made Syrian air defenses.
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This comes after Ambassador Nikki Haley bragged that Trump is the most anti-Russia president since Ronald Reagan. But his tweet Thursday said he "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
Speaking in Brussels, he told reporters: "Before the strikes took place last night, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies exhausted all other possible ways to address this issue through the UN Security Council by diplomatic and political means".
After almost a week of tension that sometimes verged on the surreal, the USA and its allies finally carried out strikes against regime targets in Syria on Friday night.
But soon after, Secretary of Defense James Mattis gave a different assessment.
The 105 missiles took out three Syrian chem research-and-production sites with no damage to Russian forces in Syria - thereby avoiding the risk of retaliation from Moscow. But she says, "We can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law".
She said that the United States, Britain and France had acted "to deter the future use of chemical weapons by holding the Syrian regime responsible for its atrocities against humanity". He described the difference between the 2017 strikes on Syria verses Friday night's joint operation.
China, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, said unilateral military action bypassing the council would "add new complicating factors to the resolution of the Syrian issue".
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