Syrian media reported that Syrian defenses hit 13 rockets south of Damascus.
Fortunately, however, Trump did appear to carefully and smartly avoid attacking Russian forces on the ground in Syria. Last year's chemical weapons attack killed dozens civilians, as did this one. He is not giving details about what equipment is involved in the operation or what sites it is targeting.
A global chemical warfare watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said its fact-finding mission would go as planned in Douma.
She said that the USA and its allies had given diplomacy "chance after chance", but that those efforts failed because Russian Federation had continuously protected Assad.
The White House and Pentagon, previous year and now, have not clearly outlined the USA mission and strategy in Syria, as many reporters have pointed out, then and now.
What information about the strike remains unclear?
The US says it overwhelmed and evaded Syrian air defences overnight to strike every target at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program, in a multi-pronged attack from the air and sea alongside British and French allies.More news: Trump says all is 'very calm' at White House
The missile strikes have drawn the ire of chief Syrian government allies, Russian Federation and Iran.
"I think the United States definitely wanted to focus on the chemical weapons issue and not get tangled into the political and military ramifications of Assad's partnership with Russian Federation and Iran", he said.
"Trump calls the two countries those "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime". Still, the EU's goal is to prevent an escalation of the conflict, Mogherini said, calling for an immediate ceasefire and a "genuine political transition" in Syria. That's why it's time we examine the vulnerabilities of Hezbollah, the terrorist military force from Lebanon that is Iran's lethal proxy in Syria.
President Donald Trump is asking for a "prayer for our noble warriors" as he concludes his remarks announcing strikes on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program. "Last night's operations were very successful".
· The three nations reportedly fired around 100 missiles. The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET, the early hours of Saturday morning for Europe and the Middle East.
Trump stated that his administration was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".
And despite bluster about global law at the United Nations (an obscene observation, given the Kremlin's craven embrace of Assad, who should be prosecuted for war crimes), it appears that the two nuclear-armed superpowers will avoid any direct military confrontation. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!
Only 10 days ago, Trump told national security aides that he wanted U.S. forces out of Syria in about six months.More news: United Nations fails to adopt Russian resolution to condemn US-led Syria strikes
The allies dropped 105 missiles on three Syrian chemical weapons facilities early Saturday morning. "Assad's actions were beyond the pale", White replied.
A second USA official said Britain, France and the US are confident that the inspectors' eventual report will confirm their findings that chlorine was used, likely in conjunction with sarin.
That's according to a source familiar with the president's plans, who was not authorized to speak publicly.
At a Pentagon briefing Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said three targets had been struck in a "precise, overwhelming and effective" manner. Mayhoub said the building housed an educational center and labs.
Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.
Mr Trump's UN ambassador Nikki Haley told the session the president had made it clear that if Mr Assad used poison gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".
The message in both cases has also been the same: that the strikes have damaged the Assad regime's capabilities, and that they don't indicate that the USA mission in Syria has changed.More news: Russian lawmaker warns against Syria strike