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The United States, Britain and France launched punitive military strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime in response to its latest alleged chemical weapons atrocity, US President Donald Trump announced on Friday.

Military strikes hit three targets: a warfare technology center and two chemical weapons facilities.

White called on Russian Federation to demand Assad dismantle his chemical weapons program.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said in a statement on Saturday that Syrian government troops and their allies had taken-up positions inside Douma and now have complete control over the area.

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"It's intolerable for a civilized nation to use chemical weapons", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Saturday.

The Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage facility is located west of Homs, a city north of Damascus.

The military officials said they were confident that Syrian government installations that produced chlorine gas and sarin, a nerve agent, were destroyed or damaged.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Mr. Trump held a meeting Thursday afternoon with his team to discuss the situation. Photo: AP Damascus skies erupt with anti-aircraft fire as the United States launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

- American Forces deployed B-1B Lancer bombers for last night's strike and used double the number of weapons than in a 2017 missile strike responding to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.

"At this time our thoughts are with the people of Syria who have suffered as a result of ongoing turmoil in that country". "We're going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be". Rebels control only a few pockets of territory and are largely cut off from worldwide support.

In May 2003, President George W. Bush stood on an aircraft carrier under a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner and declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" - just six weeks after the invasion. "The morning of resilience", read the caption beneath.

She said Trump was "locked and loaded" to order more airstrikes if Assad conducts another poison gas attack.

Pence says he's hopeful that Russian Federation and Iran will "once and for all abandon chemical weapons" against innocent civilians. "Russian Federation will demand a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, I think, for sure", Dzhabarov, who is the deputy head of Russia's foreign affairs committee, was quoted by RIA as saying.

"After examining the videos and images of victims published online, they (intelligence services) were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated", the report said. The Trump administration has never articulated its strategy or goal in Syria beyond fighting Islamic State militants and calling for political negotiations to replace Assad.

"As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home", he said.

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