US, Britain, France launch airstrikes against Syria

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More than 100 missiles were fired in the capital city of Damascus by the United States and its allies- France and Britain.

The Ambassador said a "pre-designed scenario" was being implemented in response to the strikes which the U.S. was a "one-time shot" targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.

Despite the strikes, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was still planning on carrying out its investigation into the Douma attack.

The strikes "successfully hit every target" and the allies "took every measure and caution" to only hit the intended targets, White said Saturday morning. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not".

Pence says he's hopeful that Russian Federation and Iran will "once and for all abandon chemical weapons" against innocent civilians. Assad's own military has been depleted by seven years of civil war. "This operation does not represent a change in U.S. policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime", White said during a press briefing at the Pentagon.

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The strikes targeted three areas: a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

Other strikes targeted an army depot near Homs.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the military operation with U.S. and Britain were targeting "clandestine chemical arsenal" in Syria. The attack is believed to have been ordered by the Syrian government.

In the aftermath of air strikes launched on Syrian soil by United States President Donald Trump, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has claimed that a "large part" of the Damascus government's arsenal "has been destroyed".

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad said on his official Twitter account.

But US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday that the missiles were a "one-time shot" for now, but that the strike sent a "strong message" to "deter" Assad from carrying out another chemical attack.

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

He termed it as a "perfectly executed strike".

Iran and Russian Federation have backed Assad in his effort to defeat rebels that sought to overthrow him since he moved to suppress a groundswell of protests at the height of the Arab Spring movement.

In his efforts to sustain his rule and return Syria to his control, Assad has adopted a winner-takes-all strategy that can bear any cost regardless of global condemnation. "The morning of resilience", read the caption beneath.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's obstruction course at the U.N. Security Council left NATO's U.S, British and French allies no option but to launch a missile attack on key Syrian installations.

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters", he said. Russia, in turn, threatened to respond.

After the strikes, Moscow´s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said: "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences". But neither Russian Federation nor Iran appears to have lost men or military kit in the strike. "The American President, the French President and the British Prime Minister are criminals, they will gain nothing from it".

The US, UK, and France carried out a joint operation on Friday night targeting three research facilities in Syria thought to have been involved in the production of chemical weapons.

The White House has said the mission to fight Islamic State in Syria was "coming to a rapid end" while offering no timetable for USA withdrawal.

"The US attacked us today with more than 150 missiles, not much damage on the ground since our army were able to shoot down majority", he claimed.

"America's war against Syria, and against the region's peoples and resistance movement, will not achieve its aims", the group said in a statement published on its War Media Channel. For this administration, punishing Mr Assad is likely to prove easier than devising a coherent Syria policy.