Russian Federation defiant after Syria bombing, warns of "consequences"

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McCausland said it also "shows that the global community is not going to stand idly by and watch this particular, very important, worldwide legal norm about the prohibition of the use of chemical weapons to go without a response".

As per reports, as of now, around 40 people have been killed in the attack till now.

"The area where the chemical weapon attacked happened", he said, "is an area where the Assad regime operates with the support of Russian Federation". Moscow slammed the "aggressive actions" of the Western coalition, but has not yet responded militarily.

Saturday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that "the time for talk ended last night." at a special meeting of the UN Security Council and that "the United States is locked and loaded", if "the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".

President Donald Trump ordered strikes, in coordination with France and Britain, to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians, officials said. "Could not have had a better result", Trump tweeted Saturday.

"We met our objectives".

Last year, the airbase was a single target - the Shayrat airbase - that base that was believed to be where the Syrian regime's chemical weapons attack originated.

Later, Trump tweeted: "Mission Accomplished".

The Syrian Scientific Research Establishment is one of the targets that were hit by US missile strikes that hit Syria shortly before dawn on Friday. Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.

According to USA officials, the operation comprised three United States destroyers, a French frigate and a U.S. submarine. "It deters further attacks; it degrades the ability of the Syrian regime to conduct new attacks; and it's a way to support the ban on chemical weapons".

Trump, who announced the start of the joint strikes late Friday, called the Douma attack the "crimes of a monster", referring to Assad. It was not immediately clear whether Trump meant the allied military operation would extend beyond an initial nighttime round of missile strikes.

In the wake of last weekend's gruesome attack, some US officials advocated a larger, and therefore riskier, strike than the limited action Trump ordered in April 2017, also in response to suspected chemical weapons use.

At the U.N., Haley said Russian Federation was largely to blame for the fact the Security Council had "failed in its duty" to hold countries with chemical weapons to account, repeatedly blocking independent investigations into the Syrian regime's suspected use of them.

"We're trying to stop the murder of innocent people", Defense Secretary James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee this week.

"I believe that there was materiel and equipment associated with each of these sites that was not movable, and that's what really sets them back", he said.

Both the president and his military advisers took pains to say the attack on Assad's chemical weapons facilities was not a prelude to a wider war.

Fortunately, however, Trump did appear to carefully and smartly avoid attacking Russian forces on the ground in Syria.

The Russian military said that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles, but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles.

In central Damascus, dozens of Syrians arrived on bicycles, on foot and in cars spray painted with the red, white, and black colors of the Syrian flag, blaring patriotic tunes.

Nedher Hammoud, 48, claimed to have seen missiles "being shot down like flies".

Western leaders warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further missile strikes if chemical weapons are used again, while the pre-dawn attacks were denounced by Damascus and its backers as illegal actions that would carry repercussions.

Like thousands of others in the town, the medical student, Mohammed, has now been evacuated north to areas under rebel control as the government retakes the eastern Ghouta suburbs.

"This is how you want global affairs to be conducted now?" said Nebenzia, according to a translation of his comments in Russian.

Jaish al-Islam, the group that held Douma, said it only abandoned the town because of the chemical attack. Coordination with those allies is one reason the strike took longer to organize than last year's.

"Russia probably got an assurance that these strikes would only target the CW capability of the regime", he said.

As the two sides traded barbs, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged an end to military action and a turn to diplomacy.

Syria's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Saturday's strikes as a "brutal, barbaric aggression", saying they would only ignite "tensions in the world and pose threat to the worldwide peace and security as a whole". Still, French Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters early Saturday the country was not seeking a military escalation and had, with its allies, "made sure that the Russians were warned ahead".

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