The US, UK and France launched coordinated strikes against Syrian research, storage and military targets as President Donald Trump sought to "punish" his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack that killed over 70 people, media reports said.
"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump said late Friday at the White House.
Trump has been leery of US military involvement in the Middle East and is eager to withdraw roughly 2,000 troops who are in Syria as part of the battle against Islamic State militants.
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The air campaign could frustrate those in Trump's base who oppose military intervention and are wary of open-ended conflicts.
The US said the only communications that took place between the United States and Russian Federation before the operation were "the normal deconfliction of the airspace, the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".
The U.S. president, who has tried to build good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sharply critical words for Russia and Iran, which have backed Assad's government. Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes. The US and its allies struck civil and military facilities in Syria, violating the UN Charter and worldwide law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, responding to the intervention in Syria.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement saying he supported the airstrikes.
Trump called the incident a "heinous attack on innocent" Syrians and vowed that the USA would respond: "This is about humanity; it can't be allowed to happen". We thank them both.
He added: "Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime. They will lose years of research and development, storage and equipment", Dunford said.
"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 allied operation comes a year after the USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles would be coming Syria's way, and that Russian Federation should "get ready". The Syrian government has accused Washington of seeking to use it as a pretext for attacking.
The office of the French President posted a video of a squadron of French military jets taking off to launch their part of the strikes.
Prime Minister made clear the pattern of behaviour must be stopped, not just to protect innocent people in Syria from these horrific weapons, but also to stop the normalisation of chemical weapon use, and to "degrade and deter" further use of chemical weapons.
"A significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime was responsible for this attack", she said.
Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions.
It does not appear that there are any follow up strikes now planned based on the available information at the time.
The White House in Washington, on January 21, 2017, the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency.
"A predesigned scenario is being implemented", he said.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented". Again, we are being threatened. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris", Antonov said.
Russia, one of Assad's key and uncompromising allies, responded quickly to Friday's attack shortly after the strikes were reported.
She added that "with our allies, we ensured that the Russians were warned ahead of time".
Trump also warned Russian Federation and Iran not to stand by their ally in Damascus. Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen. She said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.