The military action comes a little more than a year after the United States launched almost 60 cruise missiles at an airfield in Syria following an earlier chemical attack in the Syrian civil war. He said the message must demonstrate that the United States and its allies have the will and capability to continue imposing those costs, and that Iran and Russian Federation will ultimately be unsuccessful in protecting Assad from our punitive response.
Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for their findings before attacking.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army announced on April 14 that eastern Ghouta, the region near Damascus where Douma is situated, had been cleared of the last rebel fighters and was fully retaken. "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".
"This is not about regime change ... This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC.
Asked if this meant Assad could carry on using barrel bombs and other means in the war provided he did not use chemical weapons, Johnson said that that was the "unhappy" outcome. "That's why you saw the president strike this past weekend, that's why you saw him expel sixty Russian spies after the attack in Salisbury", she added.
"It's illegal because he didn't come and ask permission", he said.
"I say to the foreign secretary, I say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this?" That followed a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian government forces on a rebel-held Damascus suburb that killed dozens, including children.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said.
Western powers blamed President Bashar al-Assad, but Syria and its ally Russian Federation categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action.
Instead, he said, the attack bolstered the confidence of the Syrian army and its allies, as well as probably sinking the already-faltering United Nations -backed peace process on Syria in Geneva.
Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said Britain took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention". But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of U.S. missiles past year.
On Sunday Trump said that the mission was "so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished'".
Sarin had previously appeared to be the threshold for intervention. Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals, and the chemical is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say.
The Pentagon said the strikes targeted three facilities a scientific research center in the Damascus area, allegedly linked to the production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology; a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and key command post, also west of Homs. A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected.