'Mission Accomplished' Trump celebrates as missile strikes levels chemical weapon sites

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Earlier in the day, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

US lawmakers late on Friday reacted to the USA -led airstrikes against Syria's chemical weapons facilities ordered by President Donald Trump earlier in the evening. The combined forces are prepared to respond until Syria no longer use chemical weapons on its citizens.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

The joint airstrikes came under the pretext of punishing the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in the east of Damascus on April 7. Russian Federation has several military bases and thousands of troops in Syria, and the United States said Friday that it did not coordinate with or notify Russian Federation of the strikes.

May added: "The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way".

They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of worldwide rules and laws". "They are crimes of a monster instead".

McKenzie said that none "of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

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Still, the strikes Friday risk drawing the US deeper into the Syrian conflict, and could further heighten tensions between the USA and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any US missiles launched at the Syrian government.

"When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.

In a press conference on the Syria attack this morning, Mrs May said Britain can not allow the use of chemical weapons to be normalised.

Speaking to Sky News, Jonathan Shaw, a former assistant chief of the British Armed Forces, has specifically pointed to the fact that President Bashar Assad's forces are winning the war in Syria.

In his statement, President Trump also reprimanded Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Syria in using chemical weapons against its citizens.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night. "Nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump added. Trump called the attack "evil" and "despicable", saying that it left mothers, fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. "In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed". But Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a statement on Saturdayaccusing the U.S. of making "the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and bring [ing] suffering to civilians" with its strikes. It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program. Bush was addressing sailors aboard a ship alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

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