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President Trump announces United States launched strikes on Syria

President Trump announces United States launched strikes on Syria

In a televised statement, Trump said, "The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power - military, economic, and diplomatic".

Mr Trump said the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on Douma was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

Paris released a dossier which it said showed Damascus was to blame for the poison gas attack on Douma, the last town holding out in a rebel-held swathe of territory near Damascus which government forces have recaptured in this year's biggest offensive.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

As he spoke, at least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus on Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. However, Syrian air defense systems intercepted the majority of the attempted strikes, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

- US Defence Secretary James Mattis said double the number of weapons had been used in the strikes compared with the 2017 Shayrat missile strike which involved 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles and was launched in response to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting as part of the joint airstrike operation by the British, French and USA militaries in this picture obtained on April 14, 2018 via social media. According to reports, after determining that Assad's government used sarin gas on citizens, U.S. had attacked Syria.

A United States official told Reuters the strikes were aimed at multiple targets and involved Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Syria was able to down most of the missiles launched by U.S, United Kingdom and France, Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Saturday.

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Among the more bombastic tweets was that of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham who wrote, "We should apply "3 strikes, you're out" to the butcher of Damascus".

Russian Federation is one of Assad's strongest allies and has military bases in Syria.

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

President Trump declared "mission accomplished" Saturday after US military forces carried out missile strikes with Britain and France against Syrian chemical-weapons facilities.

There were no details on non-civilian casualties.

"Mission accomplished" is the same phrase former President George W. Bush infamously used in 2003, after the US -led invasion of Iraq.

Syrian state TV has broadcast what they claim is "the aftermath of a British air strike" in a suburb of Homs, one of the first signs of destruction following the attack early this morning.

Since the US and its allies attacked Syria Friday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks on its own people, there has been a significant surge in Russian trolls promoting fake news, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

"Syria continues to engage in and provide a base for murderous actions, including those of Iran, that put its territory, its forces and its leadership at risk", an Israeli official told NBC News.