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Damascus skies erupt with anti-aircraft fire as the US launches an attack on Syria

Retaliatory attacks: In response, the US, France and the United Kingdom launched attacks early Saturday morning against three sites near Damascus and Homs that were allegedly used for the research, development production, testing and storage of chemical weapons.

"President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons on his own people".

Dunford told reporters Friday that the US sought targets that would limit any involvement with Russian military forces in Syria and reduce the risk of civilian casualties.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the USA did not coordinate targets with or notify the Russian government of the strikes, beyond normal airspace "de-confliction" communications.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami also said on Saturday that the missile attack on Syria was another clear example of the United States criminal approach against the oppressed nations in the region. Both facilities are located near Homs, north of Damascus.

While the Pentagon acknowledged that the Syrian military fired more than 40 surface-to-air missiles, McKenzie said most of the missiles were launched after the USA -led strike.

The missiles struck their targets within a minute or two of each other, McKenzie said, impacting around 4am Syrian time.

"We've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program", Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Director of Joint Staff, told Pentagon reporters Saturday.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was little doubt the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals at Douma. Instead, according to a person familiar with White House war planning, they were part of a plan to distract Russian Federation and its Syrian ally from an assault Assad's government could do little to defend itself against.

The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said.

"Chemical weapons are a threat to us all", Haley later added.

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President Donald Trump declared "mission accomplished" in Friday night's strike on three Syria targets and argued that it "could not have had a better result".

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the US, UK and France's warplanes and warships carried out a missile strike over Syria's military and civil infrastructural facilities from 03:42 Moscow time to 05:10.

The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly toxic gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago.

"I spoke to the president this morning - and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". The Pentagon said it had launched more than 100 Tomahawk missiles at three chemical weapons and storage facilities near Damascus, the Syrian capital, and Homs, another major city. They come from nerve agents.

On Saturday, a team of United Nations chemical experts arrived in Syria to investigate whether Assad's government was responsible for the attack a week ago. "It's not a solution for Syrian people but it's for the worldwide community because Syria signed the convention against chemical weapons".

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night. A resolution needs nine votes in favor, and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass.

Mr Trump said "no amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East". "The burden is on the world community to say no, we don't do this".

Meanwhile, NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance back the airstrikes on Syria as a outcome of the country conducting a suspected chemical attack against its civilians last weekend.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.

Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday to condemn the United States' strike against Syria.

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