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Russian ambassador warns White House there will be 'consequences' after Syria strikes

American, British and French forces launched airstrikes on two chemical weapons facilities and a military command post in Syria on Friday night in retaliation for a chemical attack that left up 75 civilians dead last week.
President Trump addressed the U.S. while British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Emmanuel Macron both gave speeches justifying the use of force in response to the 'evil and despicable' poison gas attack.
Trump spoke in a national address at 9pm ET as missiles rained down on three sites across Syria. He said he ordered the precision strikes in direct retaliation to Bashar al-Assad's 'evil and despicable' poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.
'This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by the very terrible regime. The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air.' Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. 'These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster, instead.'
Trump forcefully confronted Iran and Russia for aligning themselves with 'barbarism and brutality' and said the United States and its allies in the strike, France and Britain, are prepared 'to sustain this response' until Assad discontinues his use of internationally prohibited chemical weapons.
'What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?' Trump asked. 'The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.'
A chemical weapons scientific research center outside Damascus and a chemical weapons storage site and a command post West of Homs were hit in the attack which occurred in the early hours of Saturday local time.
Shortly after the attack, the Syrian presidency posted on Twitter: 'Honorable souls cannot be humiliated.'
State TV said the country's air defenses shot down 13 missiles in the Kiswah area south of Damascus and claimed three civilians were wounded in the attack on a military base in Homs.
The assault by the United States consisted of more than 100 missiles, the Pentagon indicated, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis describing the number as 'a little over double the number of weapons' that were used in last year's air assault on Syria.
The April 7, 2017 attack on a Syrian airbase after Assad's last confirmed use of chemical weapons consisted of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Mattis said the latest round of strikes ‘sent a very strong message’ to Assad and his ‘murderous lieutenants' and that ‘right now this is a one-time shot’ driving home a message that conflicted with the president's.
'That will depend on Mr. Assad should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future,' he said.
In a news conference that followed Trump's remarks, Mattis confirmed that chlorine gas, and possibly sarin, was used to poison Syrians a week ago.

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