Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday responded to overnight Western airstrikes, vowing that they would only make him more determined to crush his enemies.
The Syrian TV showed also caravans of cars with people waving the Syrian flag running through the capital to demonstrate their support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.
"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the USA military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them". "Without the authorization of the United Nations Security Council, in defiance of the UN Charter, norms and principles and worldwide law, an act of aggression has been committed against a sovereign state, which is at the forefront of the war on terror", the Kremlin press service quotes Putin as saying. For around 45 minutes, explosions and the sound of warplanes roared over Damascus, a stronghold of Syria's regime, as the US, France, and Britain carried out raids on military installations nearby and in the province of Homs.
"If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out, and we'll know the answers quite soon", Trump said on Monday.
A total of 105 missiles from the US, the United Kingdom and France struck around 4 a.m. local time in Damascus.
Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.
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- Strikes were launched by British, French and USA forces at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.
"The attack this morning against Syria is a crime", Khamenei said in remarks published on his Telegram channel. Those aides have noted the President's daily calls with American allies and the meetings he's convened of national security officials to weigh his options.
Pentagon officials briefed reporters on the aftermath.
However, the Syrian Information Ministry refuted what the Western media presented as USA striking 9 targets, and called on the Syrian people not to pay attention to those media reports aimed at magnifying attack.
Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were to begin work there on Saturday.
In a sign of mounting regional tensions, seven Iranians were killed in an air strike on a Syrian military base on Monday, which Iran said was carried out by Israel.
White said the USA does not seek conflict with Syria but "cannot allow such grievous violations of worldwide law" and attacks on innocent Syrians.