Theresa May: No alternative to military strikes in Syria

West hesitates on Syria response as Russia warns of 'war'

Retaliatory strikes on Syria underway

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump alleged.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a news conference Friday that the three target areas included a scientific research center located in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a nearby storage facility with chemical weapons equipment and an "important" command post.

The Russian ambassador said his country is being "threatened" and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences". But on Friday, she added the USA has not decided on a possible response.

"We are trying to stop the murder of innocent people". The report said the Syrian air force uses the base to launch strikes on Eastern Ghouta.

As IS captured a wide swath of Iraq and Syria in 2014, the US began conducting airstrikes against the group and shifted its Syria policy to fighting the militants.

Abdul-Hamid Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during the suspected chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria, on April 4, 2017.

The US, UK, and France conducted air strikes against the Syrian government at around 9:00 PM EST on Friday night. Since that did not work, a more intense attack would aim to degrade his ability to carry out further such attacks, and would try to do this by hitting Syrian aircraft, military depots and chemical facilities, among other things. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States.

The Syrian army is also thought to have bought the Bastion system from Russian Federation.

May said there was "no practicable alternative" to the use of force against Assad.

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Should the President follow through on his warnings of an attack, two US Navy destroyers armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles are in position and ready to be called into action, among other assets, including jets and submarines.

Perhaps heeding the possibility of US military action, Russian news agency Interfax reported on Wednesday that Russia's Navy will conduct military exercises off the coast of Syria on Wednesday. Officials said Thursday the trio has yet to reach firm agreement on the scale or timing of a response.

"Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said.

Syria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks, but Russian Federation apparently did not, the USA said, despite a threat from the country's ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow's forces would do so.

The alleged chemical attack took place in Douma last Saturday.

By supporting Assad, Russia's actions are "prejudicial to our security" and will let the Islamic State group "re-establish itself" - something that "we believe we need to take action to defend", said Pierce. "No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states ... and murderous dictators".

The Russians were warned beforehand, said French Defense Minister Florence Parly at a press conference on Saturday.

Mattis on Friday said he had seen enough evidence to conclude definitively that Assad's forces were behind the attack.

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"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control", he said. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

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