US, allied strikes in Syria bring heated response

US, allied strikes in Syria bring heated response

But Syria's described it as a "brutal, barbaric aggression".

Cabinet ministers have agreed "on the need to take action" in Syria after concluding it was "highly likely" the regime of President Bashar al-Assad was responsible.

President Donald Trump confirmed that strikes had been ordered on targets associated with the Syrian government's chemical weapons programme.

Photos showed missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria, and witnesses told CNN they heard explosions in the capital Damascus as Trump was making his address.

Dunford explained that the US identified the targets to mitigate collateral damage, civilian casualties and "the risk of Russian forces being involved".

Cruise missiles used in coordination with Britain, U.S.

NBC News could not verify that claim.

USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land-attack missile on April 7, 2017. Let the message go out loud & clear: "the use of chemical weapons is never acceptable".

Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in the Netherlands, announced it would send a fact-finding team to the site of the attack at Douma, near Damascus.

May said there was "no practicable alternative" to the use of force against Assad.

She said Friday that "the United States estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times".

A Syrian journalist who fled the country and resettled in Northern Ireland has voiced his support for action against the Assad regime.

"Good morning steadfastness", one broadcaster said.

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

People gather at the Umayyad Square in Damascus on April 14.

Antonio Guterres says in a statement on Saturday that countries are obligated to act within the guidelines of the Charter of the United Nations and "international law in general".

Le Drian said France, which has backed opponents of Assad throughout the civil war, would swiftly take new political initiatives to find a solution to the crisis.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched at the Dumayr air base east of Damascus.

"I believe this was the right thing to do".

She said the strikes were "limited, targeted and effective", adding the military action "does not stand alone" and the worldwide community remains commited to resolve the conflict at large.

- The only retaliatory action was some Syrian surface-to-air missile activity, the USA said.

Haley, the USA ambassador to the U.N., told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that should the United States and its allies decide to act in Syria, it would be to defend "a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations" - the prohibition of the use of chemical weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France contributed to the USA -led Syrian attacks because the "red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed".

The assessment notes eight chlorine attacks ahead of the "major attack" on Douma and 44 allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria over the past year.

Macron's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Yves Le Drian called the joint operation in Syria "legitimate, proportioned and targeted". "This will have no impact on a government that has survived a war that lasted more than seven years".

Aircraft including French Mirages, British Tornados and US B-1 bombers also unleashed precision-guided missiles against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime targets. Britain has accused Russia of being behind last month's nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, a charge Moscow has rejected.

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