US, Britain and France launch 'precision airstrikes' on Syria

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Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said.

USA sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday that the US would launch new missile strikes against his regime if he carries out another chemical weapons attack. "Saying it's been a success - we won't know until we see if the regime continues to use chemical weapons".

U.S. President Donald Trump again praised the decision to carry out the air strike in a tweet on Sunday, reiterating his claim that the missiles had delivered on their intended objective.

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.

Mr Putin's comments were published shortly after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov struck a more conciliatory note by saying Moscow would make every effort to improve political relations with the West.

Haley said the USA would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

"Everything that has strained the relationship is on Russia's side", she said, adding that the USA hopes for improved relations with Moscow, but that "we're not going to put up with bad behavior to get it".

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The operation was in response to a chemical weapons attack the three nations say was carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which targeted civilians and killed dozens.

The Syrian Armed Forces later said the USA and its Western allies fired a total of one-hundred-and-ten missiles from manned aircraft and ships.

The Damascus sky lights up with missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The United States and its allies said Sunday there are no plans for further attacks against Syria, but warned additional chemical attacks could prompt military response. But late Saturday, senior administration officials called the evidence "incontrovertible".

Syria condemned the attack as a "flagrant violation of the global law", according to Syria's official SANA news agency.

Russian Federation also decried the USA -led operation as a failure, saying the majority of the rockets fired at Syria were intercepted by the Syrian government's air defense systems.

Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

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