Trump administration's missile strikes against Syria break international law

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'Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in global relations, ' a statement from the Kremlin said.

"We know that it is now up to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again, and should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go", she said.

She said Russian Federation had blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

The joint operation was in response to a chemical attack near Damascus last weekend which killed at least 43 people, the volunteer rescue group, the White Helmets, said.

The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the attack, a charge that both Syria and its most powerful ally, Russia, have vehemently denied.

The military strike in Syria that drew a gleeful "Mission Accomplished" from President Trump on Twitter is not exacting the same elation from some Middle East experts who see a long, hard climb to peace in the war-weary Muslim nation. The OPCW had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014 he said, and a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

President Trump said Saturday morning airstrikes in Syria overnight were "perfectly executed", hours after he announced the US, United Kingdom and France launched precision missile strikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last weekend.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities. The phrase immediately evoked former president George W. Bush's premature Iraq victory speech on board the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003.

That drew derision from his critics and parallels with ex-President George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier nearly exactly 15 years ago.

Hours before the strikes, the French president discussed Syria in a phone call with Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart.

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Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted a message of support and said those who use chemical weapons "must be held accountable". "This time our allies and we have struck harder", Mattis said.

She called the 105 missiles fired into Syria "justified, proportionate and legitimate" and said the allies took "every measure and caution" to hit only the intended targets.

"It's not moving near as fast as any of us want it to move, but this is a political process that needs to happen", she said.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support Mr Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

"The three-member coalition has partially achieved one of its goals by driving a wedge between Russia, Turkey and Iran".

Russian Federation condemned the strikes and warned of "consequences".

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials have said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported, citing its partners on the ground.

Syrians gather in a central square in Damascus on April 16.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted Sunday that the strike was a success.

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