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14 Avril 2018

ABC News obtained a copy of the document, sent to at least one senator, on the evidence that led up to the strikes.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq. "Mission Accomplished!", Trump tweeted Saturday.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

Backed by his hawkish new national security adviser John Bolton, who took office on Monday, Trump has been meeting with advisers and generals all week to plan.

Syrian state TV showed supporters of President Bashar al Assad honking their vehicle horns, waving Syrian flags and parading through iconic squares and arteries of the capital Damascus Saturday morning.

The third target, also to the west of Homs, was described as "a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post".

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon on Tuesday had told Lebanon's Al Manar TV that any USA missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, Reuters reported. He added the US did not rule out that sarin gas was used as well.

President Donald J. Trump announces military action against Syria in response to the recent alleged gas attack on civilians in Douma, at the White House, April 13, 2018.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack on an opposition-controlled town outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with United Nations security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team", it said.

The Russian embassy in the U.S.

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

Another video making the rounds allegedly shows the early-morning air strike on the Jamraya Research Centre in Damascus.

Merkel says the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the global rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's skepticism about the allies' Douma claim, saying Russian military experts had found no trace of the attack. We also chose to strike at 3 o'clock in the morning - 4 o'clock in the morning local time, so we were not trying to kill a lot of people on the objective.

Damascus has rejected all the allegations, noting that all chemical stockpiles were destroyed, which was confirmed by the OPCW.

He added: "Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible". Targeting three sites will cripple Assad's ability to deploy more chemical weapons again, Bruen said, though it's arguably short-sighted.

"Assad won't collapse. They'll bomb for a day or two and then the regime will take it out on us", he said.

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", the MoD said in a statement.

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

The strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

Warships and submarines of the Russian naval task force were keeping track at a close distance of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Tass said, citing military and diplomatic sources. But the description from an ally put things differently. "We don't want to get into a fight with them, they don't want to get in a fight with us", he said. "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said.

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

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

- Syria has failed to fulfil an agreement to dismantle its chemical weapons store under the supervision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, indicating it still has undeclared stocks. It is not about a regime change. But, she said, "We can not allow such grievous violations of worldwide law".

Russian Trolls Increased '2000 Percent' After Syria Attack, Pentagon Says