What we know about Syria air strikes so far

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On April 11, 2018, Trump set the stage for the action by labeling Syrian president Bashar al Assad a "gas killing animal". As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

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

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

"The Syrian regime has continued to use chemical weapons and will continue to do so". "We also hold Russian Federation responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place", she said.

The British Cabinet gave Prime Minister Theresa May the green light to join the US and France in planning military strikes in Syria.

The strikes risked raising tension in an already combustible region but appeared designed not to trigger a military response from Russian Federation and Iran.

The US policy is now to bomb Assad any time he launches a mass-casualty chemical attack. Again, the idea was to show Assad that the USA would not tolerate such actions and thus deter him from ever doing so again.

Russia's state of the art S-400 air defence system is deployed to Syria and so far untested, but Moscow recently threatened to shoot down missiles and fight back if USA launched strikes.

Meanwhile, Western allies of the US came out in support of the strikes. Attacking Syria is a crime. "USA president, United Kingdom prime minister and the president of France are criminals", Khamenei said in a speech cited by Iranian TV. "It is a decision I have not taken lightly.at the end of the day I felt it was the right thing to do.It is in the interest of all our futures that the use of chemical weapons stops".

The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war.

President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program. He added in a statement, "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The Syrian regime acknowledged it held a stockpile of chemical weapons that are banned under global law though, since then, it has denied using them.

"While the full assessment of the strike is ongoing, we are confident of its success", she added. Another eyewitness say that Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes.

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She told Sky News her country will protect its troops on the ground in Syria if missiles are launched by the U.S. and its allies. Pence spoke with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

A scientific research center in Damascus.

He has been alarmed by reports that dozens of people, including children, were killed during a suspected chemical attack in the formerly rebel-held town of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.

The strikes are over for now, but there was a clear warning from President Trump that if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons again then more missiles could be fired.

"There have been many instances when we have seen them using those chemical weapons".

The British Ministry of Defense said the Tornadoes targeted a Syrian chemical weapons site in Homs.

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

The latest attack on Syria involved Tomahawk missiles from three US destroyers in the Mediterranean - the USS Porter, USS Cook and USS Higgins.

Asked what chemicals were used in the weekend attack, Mattis confirmed that chlorine gas had been used and did not rule out the nerve agent sarin.

Trump said the mandate for an allied attack was open-ended, but Pentagon chiefs later said the strikes Friday would be repeated only if Assad took further action that warranted a response.

"Emotion is not what's needed now, but professional assessment by military specialists working on the scene", Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house of parliament, said Saturday, according to state news agency RIA-Novosti.

The official acknowledged that could require a more sustained US air and naval presence in the region, as well as intensified satellite and other surveillance of Syria.

President Donald Trump has launched air strikes against Syria.

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