The strikes have become the latest, and potentially most unsafe, flashpoint between the US and Russian Federation, whose relations have appeared to deteriorate significantly in recent weeks, and have raised the specter of a proxy battle - or even outright conflict - between the two nuclear powers.
"There's been so much anticipation all week".
The officials said they had videos and photos showing the remnants of at least two chlorine barrel bombs from the attacks with features consistent with chlorine barrel bombs from past attacks. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".
That drew derision from his critics and parallels with ex-President George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier nearly exactly 15 years ago.
"The fact [Mr Assad] was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to face a backlash on Monday when she addresses parliament, which will be followed by an emergency debate, with some MPs angry the government joined the US-led mission without first seeking their approval.
Russian Federation condemned the strikes and warned of "consequences". But with Trump's prior announcement of the strike, none of the goals could possibly have been achieved.More news: FOX news host Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen's third mystery client
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According to military experts, that announcement by Trump reportedly gave Assad plenty of time to relocate forces.
He stressed the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side, and the United States on the other side. New satellite images show a glimpse of the damage done by the strike. However, airfields can easily be rebuilt. Lavrov also reiterated the Russian line that any attack on Douma was "staged".
The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapon attack earlier this month in a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus that left more than 40 people dead. "Better than a military strike would be serious discussions between the USA and Russian Federation on ending the conflict".
U.S. leader Trump exclaimed "Mission Accomplished" after the pre-dawn strikes that lit up the sky around Damascus in a tweet that drew swift derision from his critics and parallels with president George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier 15 years ago. Military muscle-flexing would only complicate the situation in Syria, and is very likely to push further away any hope of a peaceful end to the long-running civil war by political means. "Most of the launches occurred after our strike was over", the general said. As a result of the airstrike, buildings were destroyed.
Macron said the allies had "full global legitimacy to intervene" in Syria because the strikes were about enforcing worldwide humanitarian law.
Renewed air raids were also carried out on civilians homes in the cities of DeirFoul and Qunaitrat, the organization said.
Therefore, despite Trump's claim, it is yet to be seen what the strike actually accomplished.