US, UK, France launch air strikes in Syria

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May | AP

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May | AP

Senator Marco Rubio applauded the strikes for preventing hostile regimes like Syria's Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Shortly after Trump's statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement saying she had "authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

"These are not the actions of a man". Trump attributed the attacks to Russia's inability to stop Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons.

Syrian state TV showed supporters of President Bashar al Assad honking their auto horns, waving Syrian flags and parading through iconic squares and arteries of the capital Damascus Saturday morning.

After the massive airstrikes on Syria, US President Donald Trump hailed the attack on Twitter.

- Four Royal Air Force Tornados contributed to the strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles.

Pentagon officials said Friday night that Syrian forces returned fire with surface-to-air missiles, but initial assessments were that allied forces suffered no losses.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's foreign minister, called the US-led response "targeted and proportionate". Russian Federation has several military bases and thousands of troops in Syria, and the USA said Friday that it did not coordinate with or notify Russian Federation of the strikes.

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our global partners and allies", May said.

Asked about the president's tweet on Saturday, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said that the joint forces had "met our objective".

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

The UK has begun air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites.

"This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said about the attack on the research and development center.

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

In total, the USA and its allies fired more than 100 missiles, but the Pentagon could not confirm how many hit their targets.

The US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets". The governments of both Iran and Russian Federation released statements condemning the airstrikes and promising responses.

A senior official in the regional alliance that has supported Assad in the Syrian war told Reuters the attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round.

The joint military campaign drew a swift and harsh response from Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally and its strongest partner.

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