Military action in Syria is a success - UK, US and France say

Syrian air strikes are a warning to Russia – Theresa May

"This is hooliganism in global relations, and not minor hooliganism, given that we're talking about major nuclear powers". US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned her United Nations counterparts that although the mission was designed as a one-off, that did not preclude further action against Assad.

An emergency session of the UN Security Council, called by Russian Federation, met at 4pm today.

The United States, Britain and France have argued that military action was necessary after Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of worldwide law. Trump, who previously warned of a "big price to pay" for last week's chemical attack in Douma, said the air strike was meant to deter the spread and use of chemical weapons.

At a Pentagon briefing, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said the targets included a Syrian research facility and a chemical weapons storage facility.

With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction.

Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted Assad's programs to develop and produce such weapons.

US, British and French attack aircraft, including two US Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.

The rhetoric from Syria's backers was harsh.

Pakistan is following the situation in Syria with grave concern and has called all sides to refrain from actions inconsistent with the UN Charter.

But he did not say what Moscow would do in retaliation.

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The head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, predicted: "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons". Despite deep divisions in America, the US government can still rally allies to do what's right.

Moscow's envoy said the three powers acted before allowing the fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a watchdog group, to carry out its investigation. They will collect soil samples and talk to witnesses in attempts to pin down what occurred.

The US, Britain and France launched airstrikes against multiple places in Syria early Saturday following US President Donald Trump's order despite worldwide warnings against further escalation of the situation in the Arab country and across the Middle East.

Political analyst Abdel Masih al Shami remarked that the United States and Western countries are unlikely to be able to wage a full-scale war against Russian Federation, "especially after Vladimir Putin's statement about his country possessing an incredibly powerful weapon", which he described as the chief reason for the West's "current rage".

President Trump thanked the United Kingdom and France for their "wisdom and power", saying the strike could not have "had a better result".

The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them. The inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday.

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said.

"We're still assessing, but as the Secretary [of Defense Jim Mattis] said last night, he's confident of the evidence that we already had and which is why he recommended the strikes last night".

"Chemical weapons are a threat to us all", Haley later added. Trump and his allies ordered the pre-dawn mission in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack a week ago on the rebel-held town of Douma that left more than 40 people dead.

President Donald Trump is warning Russian Federation and Iran about their association with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad's government, as he announces the launch of retaliatory strikes after an apparent chemical weapons attack last week.

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