What to Know About the US-Led Missile Strikes on Syria

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Tom Nicholson Global Look Press

It was evident early on that Trump was intent on taking action to punish the Syrian regime for its actions.

He highlighted his country's continued determination to fight terrorists across Syria.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

Reuters reported that the comments were made in a conversation with ally, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

As of yet, there has been no military response from Syria.

Syrian TV showed government supporters chanting slogans and waving flags in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which was the epicenter of an alleged government chemical weapons attack which reportedly killed dozens of civilians this past week.

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations".

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Western powers blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Syria and its ally Russian Federation categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action.

- More than 100 missiles were collectively launched overnight from British, French and American forces in Syria.

Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, Joint Chief of Staff, said the strikes were carried out on three Syrian chemical weapons infrastructures and the USA believed it would send al-Assad a strong message.

"We hope that there will be no point of no return — that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Nebenzia said, adding that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria".

People in Damascus were awakened by the sounds of loud explosions and saw red dots flying into the sky, in what later turned out to be the air defenses responding to the missile attack.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

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Both the Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs Assad, have denied such a chemical attack took place.

A team of inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was on its way to Syria on Thursday to begin an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons attack near the capital that has brought the war-torn country to the brink of a wider conflict, amid Western threats of retaliation and Russian warnings of the potential for "a unsafe escalation".

"It's also highly likely an attempt to create complications for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission which was just starting its work in Syria's Douma, or an attempt to completely derail it", Kosachev was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Trump also took a swipe at Russian Federation and Iran, condemning their continued support to Assad's regime.

The ministry said it was an "attempt to block the exposure of their lies and fabrications".

President Donald Trump speaks about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

McKenzie said that none "of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses".

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