North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supports US-led strikes in Syria, UN calls for restraint

Vladimir Putin Donald Trump Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron

U.S. President Donald Trump warned of military strikes in response and European Union member France said it had proof the Syrian government carried it out.

Syrian air defenses responded firmly to the Western powers' attacks, shooting down most of the missiles fired at the country.

Israel on Saturday lauded the joint airstrikes on Syria by the U.S., Britain and France as an "appropriate" response to the alleged gas attack in Syria.

"Undoubtedly, the U.S. and its allies, which took military action against Syria despite the absence of any proven evidence and before any final statement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)..., will be held accountable for the regional and trans-regional consequences of this adventurism", it noted.

"Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle", he said in a written statement.

Neither Washington nor Moscow want to see an escalation of the overall long-running conflict in Syria, say analysts.

Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations".

Speaking via satellite link to his supporters in Beirut Friday, Nasrallah called the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma "theater".

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The Taleban planted mines to prevent government reinforcements from coming to help and quickly took responsibility for the attack. At least 13 Afghan security forces have been killed in suspected Taliban attacks in western Herat Province, officials say.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances".

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump said, in a prime-time address.

The official spoke anonymously according to protocol.

Israel has not confirmed or denied carrying out the strike on the Syrian base, but Israel's military said the drone it downed in February was sighted taking off from that base.

"President Trump must also hold Putin accountable for his enabling of the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people", Pelosi said.

In response, the IAF fighter jets targeted Iranian sites in Syria.

Russian Federation has warned the West not to make any "dangerous" moves against its ally Assad's regime. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.

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