The three allies circulated a joint draft resolution at the Security Council that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid, enforcing a ceasefire and demands that Syria engage in UN-led peace talks.
"We believe that by hitting Barzeh in particular we've attacked the heart of the Syrian chemicals weapon programme", Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said at the Pentagon. An entire new generation of USA troops is deployed now in Afghanistan as well as Syria. By October 31 of that year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "confirmed that Syria's declared equipment for producing, mixing and filling chemical weapons had been destroyed", as per a report from the BBC.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, said: "The latest chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people was a brutally inhuman war crime".
The air strikes were in response to the suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead last weekend in Douma. Representatives from the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides examined Douma on April 9, but found no trace of the use of chemical weapons there.
The administration maintains that it "exhausted every avenue in the global community" for diplomacy and sanctions before launching the missile strike, and that the President and allies felt the appropriate response was military action. Mattis said the assault was a "one-time shot", so long as Assad does not repeat his use of chemical weapons.
The cruiser USS Monterey fired 30 Tomahawks and the destroyer USS Laboon fired seven Tomahawks from the Red Sea.
However, instead of dealing a blow to Mr Al Assad, the strikes emboldened his supporters around Douma, Mr Al Wawi said, leading to attacks on Saturday morning against buses carrying people from the town to rebel-held areas in northern Syria as part of the evacuation deal.
As images of sick or dying children flooded global media all week, the USA guided-missile destroyer USS Winston Churchill was en route to the Mediterranean to join a flotilla of allied warships, including another US destroyer, the USS Donald Cook. "This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents. U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, a Democrat, called for a more comprehensive strategy to deal with Syria at an unrelated panel discussion.
The comments come a day after the United States launched targeted airstrikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria in coordination with the British and French. But the description from an ally described things differently. "It will be carried out at Russia's initiative", spokeswoman for the Russian mission Olga Zhigalova said.
It comes after 100 U.S. and allied missiles targeted proported chemical weapons facilities in Homs and the Syrian capital of Damascus. One facility targeted is in the capital of Damascus, while two others are near Homs, close to the border with Lebanon.
Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard. "We're like 'Okay, is it going to be as little as expected?' We knew it was going to be a limited strike just to show the media and world they had done something without really damaging the regime". "This is not about intervening in a civil war".
French President Emmanuel Macron said he ordered the attacks after the "massacre" of innocent people which had crossed "a red line". Damascus is still permitted to have chlorine for civilian use, although its use as a weapon is banned.
The launch of more than 100 missile strikes drew mixed reaction in Washington, with some calling Trump's decision illegal.