Trump says United States is striking Syria over its use of chemical weapons

White washing Syrian voices on what should happen in Syria

Robert Ford, a former US ambassador to Syria and fellow at the Middle East Institute and Yale University, said military action would deter Assad's forces from using chemical weapons only if the USA conducts follow-up strikes when new atrocities occur.

It was not known if U.S pilots were flying over Syrian airspace, however, Mattis did say "manned aircraft" were involved in the airstrikes.

Trump calls the two countries those "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

"We are acting together with our American and French allies". Trump has criticized President George W. Bush's administration for the war in Iraq.

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on her Facebook page that, "One must be really exceptional to strike Syria's capital when the country finally got a chance for a peaceful future".

Trump made clear in his eight-minute televised address that he was wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 USA troops have been deployed to fight Islamic State.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he ordered the attacks after the "massacre" of innocent people which had crossed "a red line". He and Trump spoke repeatedly this week. US President Donald Trump, in a televised statement, announced the launch of military action against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The Western coalition strikes targeted scientific research centres, several military bases, and the bases of the Republican Guard and Fourth Division in the capital Damascus and around it", said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. After the USA struck Assad's Shayrat airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun previous year, the base was back up and running within hours. Still, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, said Trump's "premature" declaration emboldened Assad.

Remarks, However, Russia said that its military experts did not find any evidence of chemical attacks and said that the rebels would have created this conspiracy or rumour spread to defame Syria.

He criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path". "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not".

Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russian Federation apparently did not, the USA said, despite a threat from the country's ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow's forces would do so.

"A significant body of information points to the regime using chlorine in its bombardment of Duma, while some additional information points to the regime also using the nerve agent sarin", the White House said. At least 70 people are reported to have died and more than 500 injured there. But he called on regional forces to contribute.

They "imagine they can change the situation on the ground in Syria with such measures, but it will not happen definitely", he added.

The United Nations Secretary-General says he is closely watching reports related to the airstrikes on Syria conducted by the US, France and Britain.

Germany, another important European ally, stayed out of the conflict despite US urging, the White House official said.

Soon after President Trump announced that the USA, in cooperation with the United Kingdom and France, had launched precision strikes against Syria, the response from Congress was swift. This time, our allies and we have struck harder.

Over the next month, it appeared there was little support in Congress or among the US public for military intervention. "It's alarming but it's not a reason to panic".

In case our coverage hasn't made it abundantly clear, this news site rejects American involvement in Syria and other hot spots in the Middle East that have no direct bearing on our national security.

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