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

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

Trump insisted that France not act before the U.S., lest he be upstaged by his younger French counterpart, with whom he's fostered a close friendship after their relationship began with a tense, white-knuckled handshake in Brussels.

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said.

Many world leaders said the airstrikes were "necessary and appropriate." .

What Trump ultimately announced during his five-minute long address appeared, in his telling, to be the muscular response he had demanded.

The allied operation comes a year after the USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response. Asked about Trump's description of a sustained campaign, Defense Secretary James Mattis downplayed the prospects of prolonged American engagement.

The official spoke anonymously according to protocol. Whatever its scale, the move plunged the United States further into the multi-sided Syrian civil war, even as Trump presses his aides to orchestrate a swift withdrawal of American troops from the country.

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday responded to overnight Western airstrikes, vowing that they would only make him more determined to crush his enemies. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum.

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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.

Assad has denied ever using chemical weapons and regularly denounces his opponents as "terrorists".

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.

On Friday, Mattis told reporters the strikes doubled what Trump ordered a year ago. The U.S. -Russia communication line, called a deconfliction channel, has been active since the strikes, officials said. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement. He's spent extended portions of each day in fits of anger. But the Pentagon said on Saturday that worry had been eased by the fact that there were no Russian casualties as a result of Friday's military campaign.

At least three USA ships, as well as piloted warplanes, participated in the airstrikes. There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!

The attack also drew criticism from many of Trump's most ardent supporters in the US. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.

The strikes risked pulling the United States deeper into the complex, multisided war in Syria from which Trump only last week said he wanted to withdraw.

"The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal American-British-French aggression against Syria, which constitutes a flagrant violation of worldwide law", the foreign ministry said.

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