US, British and French forces have pounded chemical weapons sites in Syria with air strikes in response to chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb a week ago. The strikes were the biggest intervention yet by Western powers against Assad regime in the country's seven-year-old civil war.
US Defence Secretary says strikes were a "one-time shot"
The three nations had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," Donald said in a televised address to the nation.
He further added, “These are not actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead.”
The Pentagon said the air strikes, which began at 4 am Syrian time, involved planes and ship-launched missiles, more than a hundred weapons in all.
Officials named three targets: a scientific research center in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and another storage site and command post nearby.
The Pentagon said “Right now, we have no additional attacks planned” the US defense secretary, James Mattis, said.
Referring to last Saturday’s chemical weapons attack reported to have killed over 70 people, Trump said, “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
Russia's Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that Russia had warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".