Air strikes launched in Syria in response to suspected chemical weapons attack

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Mr. Trump, who only weeks ago said he wants to pull USA troops out of Syria - there are roughly 2,000 there now - said Friday night the strike does not mean the US does not seek an "indefinite" presence in Syria. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

The UK, United States and France launched "precision strikes" in Syria overnight.

Speaking to Sky News, Jonathan Shaw, a former assistant chief of the British Armed Forces, has specifically pointed to the fact that President Bashar Assad's forces are winning the war in Syria.

- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of worldwide law and shows contempt for global legitimacy". Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the US, issued a response on the embassy's Facebook page.

Trump ordered the launch of air strikes on Syria in retaliation to the alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad.

Also, the Pentagon released a map displaying targets in the joint strike operation between the United States, France and the United Kingdom in Syria.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, condemned Russian Federation on Friday over its support for Assad, saying before the U.N. security council that "Russia alone" was responsible for enabling the Syrian strongman.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said in televised remarks announcing the strikes.

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. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. The attacks were centered on three targets: a research facility and a warehouse near Damascus, and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

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. She also said that the response was "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US -led attack was imminent.

"The Syrian regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way".

In his first reaction after military of the three countries carried out strikes against the chemical weapons infrastructure of Syria, Trump declared "Mission Accomplished".

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 United States has accused Assad of using chemical weapons against locals outside Damascus, killing around 42 adults and children.

"Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Antonov added.

"To Iran and Russian Federation, I ask you: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" he said.