Missiles light up night sky as Trump orders military strike against Syria

Syria’s air defences “were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago,” the ministry said

His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said he was in daily contact with Trump, stating France has evidence that Assad's regime was behind the attack.

The president added that he is "prepared to sustain" strikes against Syria until the use of chemical agents stops.

"They agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of risky behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons".

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?"

Trump did not provide details on the joint U.S. -British-French attack, but it was expected to include barrages of cruise missiles launched from outside Syrian airspace. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Asked whether she could say that the United States has proof that Assad's regime was behind the strike, Nauert said: "Yes".

"This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons, "she said". The report said the Syrian air force uses the base to launch strikes on Eastern Ghouta.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack against the rebel-held town of Douma, near the capital of Damascus, earlier this month. Estimates of civilian casualties ranged from 21 to more than 78.

The president made the statement in a tweet Thursday morning.

"We will try to make it better", Trump said.

Trump is also offering prayers for the Middle East and for the United States.

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Following a two-hour emergency cabinet meeting, Downing Street said ministers had agreed it was "highly likely" Assad was responsible for the attack on Saturday on the rebel-held town of Douma which reportedly left dozens dead.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in Douma.

But Trump says America does not seek "an indefinite presence" in Syria and will look to pull out its troops once the Islamic State is totally defeated.

Syria has denied any involvement in the chemical attack.

He also for the first time tweeted direct criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after long maintaining they could work together.

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a US strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress. He has advocated for a more assertive American posture in the region to counter Iran's influence.

At the House hearing, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, disputed Trump's legal authority to act without congressional authority and suggested a USA strike would lead to war with Russian Federation.

The use of chemical weapons is a war crime.

Conservative former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that USA officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

There are about 2,000 USA troops in Syria, advising forces fighting against Islamic State fighters clinging to ever-shrinking territory, particularly along the border with Iraq.

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