Allies strike Syria in response to chemical weapon attacks; Russian Federation promises 'consequences'

Justifying the attack, he said, the strikes specifically targeted Syrian Regime's chemical weapons programme.

On April 7th, the regime chose to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous disregard for worldwide law by using chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents. "This evening, we conducted strikes with two allies on multiple sites".

The defense secretary says Friday's strikes have "sent a clear message" to Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

After the most recent suspected chemical attack in Syria, President Trump initially tweeted that "missiles are coming", and told the public that they could expect a decision on Syria within 24 to 48 hours.

Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump launched airstrikes in retaliation for the nation's alleged use of chemical weapons. "We assessed that this was the primary location of Syrian sarin (gas) and precursor production equipment", Dunford said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the US has no reports of suffering any losses during the initial airstrikes on Syria Friday, ABC reports.

USA officials said there was no indication so far that Syrian air defenses struck attacking Western aircraft or ships.

He is asking that "responsible nations" join in condemning the Assad regime. "So how do we deal with this very complex situation", Mattis said.

Asked what worries him most about possible military action the USA might take, Mattis said: "On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control".

President Donald Trump is set to address the nation Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last week.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford appear on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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"He says increased engagement from countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Egypt can ensure that Iran does not profit from the defeat of the Islamic State group".

He said the USA was "very confident" chlorine was used, but are "not ruling out" sarin use.

The third target was a facility for chemical weapons equipment storage and "an important command post", he said. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S. in the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons.

"We were not out to expand this", he said.

The US, France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, US officials have said.

In addition, the U.S. The U.S. and Russian Federation have a phone line through which they deconflict air operations so as to avoid in-air collisions and any other mishaps.

Asked about the risks of United States military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties. "So they did make adjustments".

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria.

Macron says the operation is restricted to Syria's abilities to supply chemical weapons. "We did not coordinate targets or any planning with the Russians".

Dunford then went into detail about the military strategy regarding the strike.

Asked if the United States and its allies planned to continue military operations beyond Friday's strikes, Mattis replied that it depended on Assad. In his conversation with May, the two "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", according to May's office.

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