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The airstrikes were launched under the pretext to punish Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus.

Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the US and its allies "will assume the responsibility for the regional and trans-regional consequences of this adventurism".

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In comments to foreign diplomats in Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the commander of Iran's armed forces, described the leaders of the United States, France and Britain as "criminals" for ordering the joint assault. Syria denies responsibility and says it gave up its chemical arsenal.

President Donald Trump is reiterating his call to have other nations take on more of the burden in Syria.

The strike, meant to show Western resolve in the face of what Trump called persistent violations of global law by Assad, was larger than last year's, when the United States fired 58 cruise missiles at Syria in retaliation for a purported chemical weapons attack by government forces on a rebel-held town in the north of the country.

A number of strikes on targets in Syria have been attributed to Israel.

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Berman, they added, "can prevent further disparity in Mr. Atilla's treatment" by taking into account the leniency afforded those banks and their employees, both United States and non-US citizens, who violated sanctions.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad". A brief video of what is reported to be the explosion follows, courtesy of Majd Khalaf, a volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense organization, also known as the White Helmets. Officials also said the strike was larger than a similar attack on the Assad regime launched previous year.

"Incontrovertibly, the USA and its allies are responsible and should be held accountable for the consequences of this adventurism both in the region and beyond", it said.

The investigation claims come shortly after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Israel had placed itself in direct confrontation with Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned overnight missile attacks on Syria mounted by the United States and its allies and warned against the consequences of the raids in the Middle East and beyond.

Russian Federation has warned the West not to make any "dangerous" moves against its ally Assad's regime.

The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for USA strikes.


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