Syria is latest test for President Trump's foreign policy

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"So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an worldwide operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime". The attack is believed to have been ordered by the Syrian government, spearheaded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Urging the Security Council to assume its responsibilities, Guterres said a "lack of accountability" emboldens those who would use such chemical weapons by providing them with the "reassurance of impunity". In actuality, the war was far from over, and would stretch on for years.

With nationalist music blaring in the background, small groups of residents gathered on the streets in several locations in Damascus, waving the Syrian flag as well as the flags of Iran and Russian Federation, which have supported Assad in the seven-year-old civil war.

He did not say whether France is planning military action against Assad's government. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a US military response.

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, Islamabad "condemns the use of chemical weapons anywhere by anyone".

Some analysts described the British military action as "largely symbolic" - out of the 120 missiles that were fired against three targets in Syria, only four came from the UK.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", Haley said.

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Later Sunday, Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation " that the US will be imposing more economic sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad and his apparent use of chemical weapons.

Trump said at an event in OH that the US will withdraw its troops from Syria very soon and let other people take care of it.

There was a mixed reaction from the Arab world to the US-led operation first mooted by Mr Trump a week ago following a suspected chemical weapons attack that left 75 people dead in the rebel-held town of Douma last weekend.

In 2013, he said, "we should stay the hell out of Syria" and "Let the Arab League take care of Syria".

Images from the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe now appear to show at least two of these three sites - the Barzeh Research and Development Center and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage complex - before and after the strikes.

Meanwhile, the UK's Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said the UK's involvement in the air strikes against Syria was a "humanitarian intervention", which was legally justified.

The Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying that Syria deployed Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, including S-125, S-200, 2K12 Kub and Buk to repel the attacks. Assad is as powerful as before, if not more powerful.

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