US Grateful for Croatia's Support for Syria strikes

The Pentagon hailed the bombing as a success, saying that three sites - that it claimed were used to produce chemical weapons - were destroyed. "They are crimes of a monster instead", Trump said referring to Assad and his role in the chemical weapons attacks.

Last year's attack targeted the Shayrat air base outside Hama, which US officials said was used to launch a sarin gas attack that killed 70 people in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. We have continuing coverage today - an analysis of the strikes here on NPR, including a Pentagon briefing in the next hour, so please stay with us.

That order left many of Trump's national security advisers on edge, concerned that pulling out even that small US force would result in a power vacuum that Iran could fill.

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest. None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation was successfully engaged by the Syrian air defence system".

"This is how you want worldwide affairs to be conducted now?" said an irritated Vassily Nebenzia. The Pentagon also employed the B-1 strategic bomber.

The strikes had been flagged so far in advance that Syria and its allies had plenty of notice to evacuate the likely targets of civilians and assets, possibly also including key components of the chemical weapons program, leaving it unclear how much of an impact they would have.

The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them. The inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday.

"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters". "It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program".

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the only communications that took place between the United States and Russian Federation before the operation were "the normal deconfliction of the airspace, the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".

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Mattis said that to his knowledge there were no USA or allied losses from the strikes Friday. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted, "The E.U. will stand with our allies on the side of justice".

British jets have fired missiles at a Syrian military facility near Homs suspected of storing chemical weapon ingredients, Britain's defense ministry said.

In a statement Mrs May said that the Syrian regime had demonstrated a "persistent pattern of behaviour" when it came to the use of chemical weapons, that "must be stopped".

Mr Putin has been a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with Russian military forces helping in the Syrian leader's conflict with rebel forces. But the airfield targeted by the Pentagon resumed operations shortly after the attack and, according to Western intelligence assessments, chemical attacks resumed.

They acknowledged that the strike was created to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capability without killing civilians or the many foreign fighters in Syria's multi-sided civil war, particularly those from Russian Federation.

Since then, Trump's views on the situation in Syria have evolved.

Britain has accused Russia of being behind a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England last month, a charge Moscow has rejected.

Then he pushed the USA military back into the quagmire.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off.

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