Trump says Syria strikes "perfectly executed", declares "Mission Accomplished!"

Syria air defences strike back after air strikes by U.S. British and French forces in Damascus

Syria air defences strike back after air strikes by U.S. British and French forces in Damascus

In a statement released early Saturday morning, Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".

USA 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. The U.S. -Russia communication line, called a deconfliction channel, has been active since the strikes, officials said.

There was no official government announcement that Douma had been recaptured and no indication that Syrian forces had yet entered the town, where Russian military police were deployed to preserve the peace after an evacuation fraught with difficulties.

The allied operation comes a year after the United States missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

In an address to the American people on Friday, Trump called out Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Assad's regime.

"Mission accomplished", declared US President Donald Trump as he praised the "perfectly executed" airstrikes against the Syrian regime.

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.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump added.

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The U.S., the United Kingdom, and France carried out joint strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday.

"Again, we are being threatened". Syria's President Bashar Assad announced that his country would respond, while Russia's ambassador to Washington warned of unspecified "consequences". A US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the Daesh grip on both Syria and Iraq.

One major concern the USA had was that the Syria strikes would prompt a direct confrontation between Washington and Moscow, whose relations have been spiraling downward.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets". He also said that Assad's assault "left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".

"We hope that there will be no point of no return — that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Nebenzia said, adding that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria".

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future".

The US, France, and Britain launched a volley of strikes Saturday morning on positions around the capital Damascus and the central city of Homs.

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