Putin: Russia strongly condemns attack against Syria

President Trump says military strike in Syria underway

Putin: Russia strongly condemns attack against Syria

Trump ordered the launch of air strikes on Syria in retaliation to the alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targets associated with Syrian chemical weapons program.

"These are not the actions of a man". Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the U.S. and its allies.

Several large explosions have been heard in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility near Homs where it was assessed that Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.

The Pentagon official said the allied forces' attack was met with no resistance.

The foreign ministry early Saturday said the strikes aimed to block a probe by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a global watchdog.

The strike was twice the size of a previous strike carried out by the Trump administration in April 2017 and, McKenzie noted, there has so far not been a response from military actors within Syria. Trump called the mission "accomplished".

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime. He said the targets were "selected. carefully to minimize the risk to innocent civilians" and that he was unaware of any civilian casualties from the operation.

She referred specifically to last month's nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury that she has blamed on Russian Federation.

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"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

Syria has denied using chemical weapons.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows smoke, rising after USA -led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons early Saturday. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed his country's participation in the operation.

McKenzie said that the Pentagon assessed that over 40 surface-to-air missiles were employed by the Syrian government.

Syrian air defense units downed 71 out of 103 missiles launched by the United States and its allies, it said.

Mattis told reporters there were no reports of USA losses in the operation.

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a us -led missile assault on Syria's regime as "perfectly executed", despite the limited nature of the strikes and Russia's condemnation, which further heightened tensions between the Cold War foes.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Trump's "decisive action in coordination with our allies", adding, "We are united in our resolve".

On Monday, Russia warned that any military intervention from the US against Russian allies in Syria would result in the "most serious consequences" and called news of last weekend's chemical attacks "fabricated".

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

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