"These strikes were a justified, legitimate and proportionate response to the Syrian regime's continued use of chemical weapons on its own people", White said. He expressed concern about the potential for escalating the conflict by drawing Russian Federation and Iran into a deeper confrontation with the United States in a country where all three have forces on the ground. But the White House later said it had nothing to do with the "Mission Accomplished" banner and noted that the president never said those words in his speech on the deck of the Lincoln.
Russia's armed forces are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Numerous protesters FOX40 spoke with say, the chemical attacks remind them too much of alleged "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq in 2003.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was only certain about intelligence that chlorine gas was used by Assad's forces on April 7 before America's strikes on Syria.
KHQ will continue to update this list as statements from other officials are sent into the newsroom.
Shortly after the airstrikes began, President Donald Trump said all three sites were "associated" with the Syria's chemical weapon program.
But analysts question the reasons for these latest raids - which signalled that Western leaders would not let a chemical weapons attack go without punishment - but demurred about deeper involvement when barrel bombs are used.
He criticized Washington and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical-weapons watchdog group to visit the area.
She added: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".
A resolution put forth by Russian Federation here at the UN Security Council condemning the missile attack was rejected.
"Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack".
According to the Pentagon, 76 missiles hit the target near Damascus, 22 more rockets were fired at a warehouse west of Homs.
"If there were chemical weapons in the building, we would not be here". She says the US was confident that they had "significantly degraded his ability to use chemical weapons ever again".
"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme".
In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again. Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles. "This was not about interfering in a civil war and it was not about regime change".