What we know so far about the strikes on Syria

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

Boulad says her family in Syria is praying for peace, an accomplishment she believes can only come through diplomacy, not missile strikes.

They also discussed the need to reinvigorate multinational stabilization efforts in Syria to ensure the long-term defeat of Islamic State (IS).

In the wake of Friday's strikes, Congress should engage in a vigorous examination of Trump's overall Syrian policy.

Retaliatory attacks: In response, the US, France and the United Kingdom launched attacks early Saturday morning against three sites near Damascus and Homs that were allegedly used for the research, development production, testing and storage of chemical weapons.

Vice President Mike Pence attends the Eighth Americas Summit in Lima, on April 14, 2018.

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, France and Britain followed that example.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", Haley said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday that the strikes had been carried out in violation of norms and principles of the global law.

"Air strikes disconnected from a broader strategy may be necessary, but they alone will not achieve USA objectives in the Middle East", said McCain, who a year ago called for more aggressive action that would cripple Assad's military.

Syrian state media accused Western powers of trying to hinder the investigation with their attack.

Trump tweeted Mission Accomplished on Saturday after US, French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

Barnes, who joined the protest, said he didn't believe that military attacks will solve the problem in Syria and viewed the us military action as a disingenuous one.

The UN Security Council met to debate the strikes, but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.

The three sites targeted were "fundamental components" to Syria's chemical weapons program, according to Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

"If the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

"We disagree with anyone bombing our country no matter what the reason is", he said in a phone interview.

A 2015-2017 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had found the Syrian government used sarin in an April 4, 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", the Kremlin statement said. "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".

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