Syria air strikes: This is what the reaction in Nottingham has been

Director of the Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still maintains "residual" capacity.

A total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched at targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry stated, noting that two United States warships carried out the attack from the Red Sea, as well as tactical aviation over the Mediterranean Sea and B-1B bombers from al-Tanf area.

Overnight, U.S., British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

Trump's tweet Saturday morning recalled former President George W. Bush's infamous declaration, standing aboard an aircraft carrier in 2003, that the USA had accomplished its mission in Iraq. In the morning he tweeted: "Mission accomplished".

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. "I am confident the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack against its people", he said.

Trump took to Twitter and thanked his allies in the attack as well.

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Pentagon officials said Friday night that Syrian forces returned fire with surface-to-air missiles, but initial assessments were that allied forces suffered no losses.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons ends. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

The Pentagon claimed the strikes targeted a research center in greater Damascus and a chemical weapons storage facility and a command post west of Homs, while the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has officially stated complete disarmament of Syria since two years ago. Tehran also slammed the US's decision of launching air strikes in Syria. The United States has an important national interest in averting a worsening catastrophe in Syria, and specifically deterring the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. They say this is evidence that the victims were exposed to a nerve agent.

"The American, French and British aggression against Syria will fail", it said.

But Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, accused Western powers on Friday of using the alleged attack as a pretense to oust Assad and to check Russia's power, telling the United Nations security council that Russia would consider such a strike a "breach of worldwide law". "We are watching what Russians do in the next 24 hours", the official said, adding that there will be intelligence collection to see what Russians are up to in the wake of the strikes, such as turning on their systems or talking about retaliating.

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