Syria downs most missiles of US, UK, France - Russia

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Syrian TV showed government supporters chanting slogans and waving flags in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which was the epicenter of an alleged government chemical weapons attack which reportedly killed dozens of civilians this past week.

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, France and Britain followed that example.

The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.

Sana, Syria's official state news agency, called the Western action "a flagrant violation of global law". Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the US, issued a response on the embassy's Facebook page.

- General Dunford described the operation as a "one-time shot", and said no additional attacks were planned, but added that the powers that had signed the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had every reason to challenge Syrian President Bashar Assad if he chose to violate it. Where is our "Thank you America?"

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month. "They are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

British PM Theresa May also supported the US-led air strikes on Syria by calling them a "clear message" against the use of chemical weapons. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he said. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.

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He added: "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

"If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria and we would not be here today", Haley said.

A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that "all military bases were evacuated a few days ago" after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.

The report said the Syrian air force uses the base to launch strikes on Eastern Ghouta. All the missiles hit their targets around 4 a.m. local time, McKenzie said.

He said that the Syrian leader had launched a "savage" chemical weapons attack previously and again recently.

The US president sought to bring back the vestiges of World War I, after which civilised nations joined together to ban chemical warfare.

In his statement, President Trump also reprimanded Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Syria in using chemical weapons against its citizens.

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