Trump announces USA military strikes on Syria

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And he described the Middle East as a "troubled place".

Syrian state news termed the strikes "a flagrant violation of global law" and said the intervention "is doomed to fail".

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, opposes such action.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

Mattis said he was not aware of any USA losses, and added, "Right now we have no additional attacks planned".

Speaking at the United Nations on Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pushed back against denials by both the Syrian and Russian governments that chemical agents were used in the weekend's attack.

In an early response, the Russian foreign ministry called the Western attacks a violation of worldwide laws. Defence minister Marise Payne said there was no Australian involvement in the strikes.

The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft, including France's and ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.

The other two were storage facilities around Homs, a city to the north of Damascus.

He criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path".

Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any US -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic", Trump said.

The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep", the president said.

"France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security", said French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who called for an end to the "chemical weapons escalation in Syria".

"We can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security", a statement from the Elysee presidential office said. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

US, British and French "naval and air assets" took part in the strikes, which US defence chief James Mattis said employed more than twice the amount of munitions used in American strikes in Syria a year ago, in which 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired.

Tuesday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council that images and videos of children foaming at the mouth and dying were fake.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the USA strikes hit when the country "finally" had a chance at peace, she posted on Facebook Saturday.

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future".

"We will not sacrifice the global order we have collectively built to the Russian desire to protect its ally at all costs", said Ambassador Karen Pierce.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

"They have threatened us a thousand times". It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any United States military action.

In congressional testimony this week Mattis addressed some of the concerns administration officials weighed as they deliberated on a possible response. Russian Federation has also evacuated soldiers and missiles from the Al-Dumayr airbase and redeployed them to Damascus.

"It was a heavy strike", he said.

The debate about when, or whether, to strike in Syria follows Trump's surprise promise earlier this month to withdraw USA forces from Syria "very soon".

"We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace, we did not coordinate targets", Dunford said. Russia's Defense Ministry on Friday accused the United Kingdom of staging the attack, according to The Associated Press.

An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump a year ago. "Today's response is the direct response to Russia's failure", said Trump.

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