United States, United Kingdom, and France launch strikes against Syria

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Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". Syrian television reported that air defenses responded to the attack.

"So while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity", May said.

Russia's Canadian embassy tweeted, "Washington & its UK/French allies should and will be held #responsible for this brazen act of #aggression and disregard of worldwide law".

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he added. "But right now we have no additional attacks planned". He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets using Storm Shadow missiles had taken part in the attack on a military facility near Homs where it was assessed Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. She said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.

"Washington and its allies are trying to cover up their traces in the case of faking the gas attack in Syria's Douma", he said.

"We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace, we did not coordinate targets", Dunford said.

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He said it is hard to predict what the future holds.

Syria's air defences "were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago", the ministry said. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", the Russian embassy in the U.S. said in a statement. But the description from an ally described things differently.

The Russians were warned beforehand, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly at a press conference on Saturday.

Western air strikes on Syria will not diminish the army's fight against all remaining militants in the country, the military has said in a televised statement.

The missions took place overnight and hit places near to the Syrian capital, Damascus, as well as two locations near the city of Homs, according to the US.

The president said the USA would aim to hit sites "associated with the chemical weapons capabilities" of Assad's regime. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

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Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

Over the past year, almost 100 per cent of the territory once controlled by the so-called ISIS caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been liberated and eliminated. "And it was not about regime change". And he set his own precedent just over a year ago when he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was sacked at civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhun.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons. Militarily, it is a strike against Syria. That April 2017 attack consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

"The U.S. Has no appetite for war", Hudson told News 4 Tucson's Eric Fink. The territory where the Russian military bases are located were not touched.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford said the United States "specifically identified" targets to "mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved" and that the normal communication line to avoid problems in the airspace over Syria was used in the run up to the strike. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday the first team was already in Syria and a second was expected soon.

Many waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags.

But the White House says later that no final decisions on a response have been made.

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