Pentagon: None of Syria-Bound Missiles Were Deflected, Despite Claims

Macron's office said he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concern about the deterioration of the situation in Syria and calling for more dialogue with Moscow. Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described the use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent", but stressed that member states must act in accordance with "international law in general".

"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic", Trump said.

He said the latest attack was created to destroy the Syrian regime's ability to produce chemical weapons.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

A chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.

SANA reported that the joint operation was targeting military installations around Damascus and near the central city of Homs.

No information has yet emerged regarding the number of casualties.

The strikes would result in a "long term degradation of Syria's ability" to create, use and deploy chemical weapons, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a press conference Friday night, adding that the operation was meant to inflict "maximum damage" with minimal risk to civilians.

More than 100 missiles were fired in the capital city of Damascus by the United States and its allies- France and Britain. Numerous conservative commentators have lambasted the president for breaking one of his main campaign promises of not participating in military intervention in the Middle East. Thousands of people are also retweeting some of Trump's previous comments warning against military action in Syria. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of US losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault. "Clearly the Assad regime did not get the message a year ago", Mattis said.

Russian Federation has responded angrily to Western air strikes on Damascus in response to a suspected poison gas attack last week. All the missiles hit their targets around 4 a.m. local time, McKenzie said. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

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Tehran officials have said Western powers are using last week's alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held stronghold as an excuse to undermine the Syrian government's recent successes on the battlefield.

The WHO, citing reports from health partners on the ground, also said that about 500 people went to the hospital showing signs of exposure to "toxic chemicals" in Douma.

Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria "was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

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