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Trump says Syria strikes

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that would exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

Putin added that the attack had a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations".

For years, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including how much time the former president spent on the golf course and U.S. military involvement in Syria. According to state news agency IRNA, Khamenei spoke at a meeting with Iranian officials and ambassadors from some Islamic countries.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack, calling it "fabricated".

She urged Russian Federation and Iran to help prevent any further use of chemical weapons by Assad's regime.

Loud explosions rocked Syria's capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke early Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday.

China's foreign ministry said it objected to the use of force and warned that it could complicate the situation in Syria.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Syria's presidency tweeted after airstrikes began.

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"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". The use of which, she says, "is inexcusable" and "illegal".

From Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed support, as did German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the strikes "necessary and appropriate". "The U.S. ― the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons ― has no moral right to blame other countries".

Pakistans Foreign Office (FO) in a statement also condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

But last night's attack was aimed at the "heart of enterprise", the Pentagon said.

The Syrian UN envoy Bashar Jaafari said the global community did not agree to or authorize the strikes carried out by the US, UK and France. In the case of chlorine, it is permitted to possess it for civilian use, but not to use it as a weapon. Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian program.

After the US attack, Syria state TV appeared to show a country back at work - broadcasting footage of Assad returning to his office in a suit, briefcase in hand. "This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons, but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

The open meeting started at 11:00 am (15:00 GMT) and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the UN Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria.

The UNSC meeting came after a massive missile strike on Syria was launched by the United States, the UK and France.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called the strikes a "one-time shot" with no additional military action planned for now.