U.S. strike in Syria targets military, chemical weapons sites

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Britain and France have joined the United States in the military operation, Trump said.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", President Trump said Friday night in his address, calling the attack "evil and despicable" and a "significant escalation" in a pattern of chemical weapons use by President Bashar al-Assad. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump spoke from the White House.

Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and the sky turned orange.

State media published images of a cloud of reddish smoke hanging over the capital and said that air defenses were activated to block the attack.

"President Trump's decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress's approval is illegal and - absent a broader strategy - it's reckless", said Sen. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.

Although Trump reportedly advocated for a broad military strike that would punish Syria, and to an extent, its allies Russian Federation and Iran, he is believed to have been met with resistance from Mattis and other military officials, who feared the White House lacked a broad strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Russian Federation has warned the USA that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries.

The Pentagon could not confirm how many missiles hit their targets but said no other attacks were planned.

And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack.

He wrote on Twitter: "The PM has engaged United Kingdom forces in gesture bombing, with no major global consensus and no long term plan to halt the use of chemical weapons or deliver peace".

Despite her careful language, there was immediate criticism from opposition lawmakers who said May should have consulted parliament before joining US-led action in Syria. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later announced that no additional attacks were planned, however. The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops. Addressing the nation Friday evening as loud explosions lit up the skies over the Syrian capital of Damascus, Trump said the joint strike with France and United Kingdom is now underway.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump says strikes are "direct result" of Russia's failure to keep Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons.

Those targets were carefully selected to avoid collateral damage and the risk of hitting Russian or Iranian troops, an act that Dunford and other Pentagon officials anxious could draw the United States into a brutal face off with near-peer enemies, the general said.

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP spokesman for defence, said joining in an allied attack on Syria was "not a courageous or strong" decision by Mrs May.

The attack raised the possibility of retaliation by Russian Federation or Iran, which also provides military support to Assad, threatening in particular to increase the risks facing a force of 2,000 Americans in Syria, as part of the battle against the Islamic State.

Ambassador Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Syria's president, Bashar Assad has a history of using chemical weapons.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the USA did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

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