It's Business as Usual for Syria's Assad After US-Led Attacks

US officials say Saturday's attack was created to avoid collapsing Assad's regime, which could provide an opportunity for the Islamic State or other radical groups involved in the civil war, or draw responses from Russian Federation or Iran, which are supporting the Assad regime.

According to him, the provocation was organized by some Syrian opposition NGOs, including the White Helmets, in a bid to prompt the USA to stage a missile strike on Syria.

- Strikes were launched at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

Jordan, he said, stands with the Syrians' right to end their suffering and the crisis in their country, calling for honest efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis.

Trump called the recent use of chemical weapons "a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by the very awful regime".

Russian Federation called for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council following the US-led military strikes on Syria late Friday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later announced that no additional attacks were planned, however.

France said it fired cruise missiles from frigates in the Mediterranean and deployed fighter jets from home bases as part of its strikes on Syria.

"On April 14, the United States, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic".

"If the previous attack was a slap on the wrist, this is perhaps a slap on the face but nothing that destabilizes the Assad regime in any fundamental way", said Ayham Kamel, head of Middle East and North Africa research at Eurasia Group.

Defense officials from the countries involved in the attack gave differing accounts of how much warning was given to the Russians, Syria's powerful ally.

The US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a "despicable" chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

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"When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime", Freeland said.

The targets, according to the General, are a scientific research facility in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a chemical weapons equipment storage and an important command post, also near Homs. Syrian state-run TV later reported that three civilians had been wounded. He added in a statement, "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

"Now that the situation in Syria has finally begun to shift to stability, we have faced completely illogical charges against the Syrian authorities about the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta", former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said.

"I congratulate Presidents Trump and Macron and Prime Minister Thersea May, who led the attack on Assad's chemical weapons facilities", Yair Lapid, Israeli lawmaker and Chairman of the Yesh Atid Party, said.

Moscow denied its ally Assad had any role in the outrage, pushing a variety of alternative theories that peaked with a claim that Britain had staged the event.

The US Air Force fired air-launched cruise missiles from B-1 bombers, and French and British planes also shot cruise missiles toward the targets. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

In the six days between the attack and the US-led response, Washington and Moscow clashed repeatedly in duelling press statements and USA debates.

"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.

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned that Trump was taking America down a risky path.

And far-right figures Mike Cernovich and Laura Loomer also ripped Trump over the military strike in Syria.

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