After last weekend's attack, some USA officials advocated a larger strike than the limited action Trump ordered in April 2017, also in response to suspected chemical-weapons use. Evidence that the nerve agent sarin was also used was inconclusive, he said. The mission is in retaliation for last Saturday's suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children. Representatives from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides examined Douma on April 9, but found no trace of the use of chemical weapons there. He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.
Republican House speaker Paul Ryan said Assad's "barbaric use of chemical weapons can not go unanswered". The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and from ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.
Earlier on Saturday, the United States, Britain and France launched a missile strike on Syrian military positions, including the scientific research center in the Barzeh neighborhood northeast of Damascus. The U.S. and French also hit the facility with multiple missiles. Less than one year after the U.S.
Pentagon officials anxious that the airstrikes might lead to an accidental release of toxic chemical agents.
But Dr Basirini said he did not expect it to make a real difference. He said this was believed to be the main site of Syrian sarin and precursor chemical production equipment. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world". "But our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted" by Syria and Russian Federation, she said. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity". "This is not about intervening in a civil war".
However, speaking on Saturday morning, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "confident" the strikes had been successful. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.
While Trump announced the "precision strikes" in Syria, Trudeau has ruled out any Canadian participation.
Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the session that the president has made it clear that if Assad uses poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded". Mattis estimated the latest air campaign was about twice the size of the 2017 strike.
Retired Lt. Gen. Yevgeny Buzhinsky, the former chief of the Russian Defense Ministry's worldwide department, warned that Russia has thousands of military advisers in Syria "practically in every battalion", and a strike on any Syrian facility could jeopardize their lives.
The vote came at the end of an emergency meeting called by Moscow.
"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.
The US president thanked London and Paris for their "wisdom and the power of their fine Military" in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
"Assad has established himself as a user of chemical weapons" from past attacks, the official added. Instead, according to a person familiar with White House war planning, they were part of a plan to distract Russian Federation and its Syrian ally from an assault Assad's government could do little to defend itself against.
"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program. In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria.
Some critics, like Northwestern University political science professor Ian Hurd, say the decision to strike might be more about distracting from President Trump's political scandals than confronting the Assad regime. "And great warriors they are".
Syria state TV, however, claimed that three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air-defense systems. But they haven't - so far at least.