'Mission accomplished,' tweets US President Donald Trump after air strikes on Syria

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she "authorized British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

"This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons", she said.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the target choices were "very methodical", calling it a "deliberate decision" to go after chemical weapons manufacturing facilities.

US, British and French air forces launched missiles early Saturday morning to several military and civilian facilities around Damascus and in the provinces of Homs and Aleppo.

Trump ordered the launch of air strikes on Syria in retaliation to the alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump warned Assad that the USA was prepared to "sustain" its strikes on the Syrian government, but also said that "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria".

President Trump, who said that the strikes were meant to be a "strong deterrent" against chemical warfare, now says "mission accomplished" and there "could not have had a better result". "They are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said referring to Assad and his role in the chemical weapons attacks.

Officials said coalition forces made sure Moscow was aware of an upcoming operation but didn't give Russians specific details.

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The military campaign was in response to a devastating chemical attack in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma, which killed dozens of people earlier this month.

- Strikes were launched at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

The Syrian government has denied it used any chemical weapons in an attack, while Russia's Foreign Ministry claims there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma. According to reports, after determining that Assad's government used sarin gas on citizens, USA had attacked Syria. "We thank them both", Trump said in his address to the nation.

"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

Following the strikes, Russian Federation called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the military campaign.

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

French President Emmanuel Macron and British PM Theresa May also confirmed that United Kingdom and France have joined hands with the U.S. in carrying out an attack on Syria.

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