Pentagon: Syria, Russia didn't deflect missiles

US President Donald Trump's threat of military retaliation in Syria have raised risks of a direct confrontation with Russia

US President Donald Trump's threat of military retaliation in Syria have raised risks of a direct confrontation with Russia

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

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. Could not have had a better result. Trump called the mission "accomplished".

Reaction: Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russian Federation apparently did not, the USA said, despite a threat from the country's ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow's forces would do so. A Security Council diplomat said the body would meet later Saturday. A Pentagon spokesperson also warned of a Russian disinformation campaign, telling reporters that there has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls online in the last 24 hours.

- The first was at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, the second at a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, and the third at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post.

Behind closed doors, Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken previous year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russian Federation and Iran, officials said.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also accused the US and its allies of attacking Syria at a time when there was a chance for peace.

More than 100 cruise missiles were fired, a significant number of which were intercepted by Syrian defences, Russia's defence ministry says. He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

He said the joint strikes showed that the US-led military coalition could not hinder the Syrians' fight against terrorist groups.

The United States, Britain and France took military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Douma a week ago that killed at least 40 people. Syria has denied the accusation.

Mattis described them as a "one-time shot" to send a strong message to Assad not to use chemical weapons again.

Theresa May, the United Kingdom prime minister, faced questions over the legality of the operation and was expected to face a political backlash on Monday she faced MPs after ordering British aircraft to attack without the backing of parliament.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said U.S. allies hit "Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure". Attacking Syria is a crime.

Pence abruptly left the summit's opening ceremonies and returned to his hotel in time to make secure phone calls to congressional leaders to tell them about the strikes. Trudeau added that Canada would continue to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria and that those responsible for the recent attacks "must be brought to justice".

Haley, who has at times taken a tougher stance on Syria and Russian Federation than her own White House, said President Trump has drawn a red line that Damascus and Moscow shouldn't cross.

Relaying a conversation with Donald Trump, she said: "I spoke to the president this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

"The strikes were justified, legitimate and proportionate".

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