Russian Federation claims Syria missile strike was attempt to derail chemical weapon investigation

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The strikes, more limited than once seemed likely, were created to deter the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons once and for all. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things. The broadcaster also urged people not to believe media reports that exaggerated the results of the airstrikes. After the attack ceased and the early morning skies went dark once more, vehicles with loudspeakers roamed the streets of Damascus blaring nationalist songs. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

For the second time in just over a year, Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He says there is "no doubt" that the Syrian government is responsible. He acknowledged, however, that Syria retained "residual" capacity, but gave no details on the scope of what could be left.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", it tweeted with a video of him appearing to walk calmly into his palace in Damascus.

I will say this: The United States has a lot to offer, with the greatest and most powerful economy in the history of the world. Increased engagement from our friends, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and others can ensure that Iran does not profit from the eradication of ISIS.

He added, "But since this was blocked by Russian Federation, there was no other alternative".

The White House and Pentagon, past year and now, have not clearly outlined the USA mission and strategy in Syria, as many reporters have pointed out, then and now. The day began with a coordinated attack with dozens of Tomahawks.

"We thank the Croatian government for supporting the actions of the U.S, U.K and France against the use of chemical weapons", U.S. Ambassador W. Robert Kohorst said in a statement.

Assad's key ally Iran also slammed the attack, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing Western leaders as "criminals".

Trump is also putting pressure on Russian Federation and Iran to remove their support for Syria as he asked, "what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men and women and children?" "We humiliated their missiles", said Mahmoud Ibrahim, who waved a Syrian flag as he hung out of his auto window.

They added: "We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told local TV station TF1 on today that the decision to launch strikes against Syrian chemical weapons stocks was based on information collected by trusted NGOs, laboratories and the French intelligence services.

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Responding to Trump's announcement on Friday, Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said: "I support both the action and objective". He said the three nations have "marshaled their righteous power". There is tyranny." He called the Middle East a "troubled place.

Trump stated that his administration was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Trump has signalled in recent weeks that, despite advice from his national security team, he wanted to accelerate the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night.

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

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted Saturday.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement on Saturdayaccusing the USA of making "the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and bring [ing] suffering to civilians" with its strikes.

That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

In the days between the attack in Douma and the US-led response, Washington and Moscow clashed repeatedly in duelling statements and debates. "Instead of weakening the government, it only made it stronger", he said.

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.

At a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Saturday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley took aim at Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzia over the "fake news".

Just ten days before launching the retaliatory strike, Trump had stressed his impatience to bring US troops home from Syria, where they've been battling ISIS.