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Asked whether France would take military action, Macron said his country will continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

AFP´s correspondent in the city said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am (PST 6:00 am), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead.

Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and what appeared to be a fire light up the sky.

MOSCOW-The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way". These are not the actions of a man.

Mueller has instead indicted people for crimes unrelated to the campaign.

Army Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the strikes began at 9 p.m.

He added that Syrian surface to air missile batteries had attempted to fire back, but there were no initial reports of any allied losses.

By Wednesday, as Russian and Syrian forces took charge of the formerly rebel-held area that was bombed, Trump was explicitly threatening on Twitter to launch more missiles.

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike in Syria.

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Karen Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically. that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon". "We can't risk losing our face", he said on Rossiya state television.

Russia's Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov also warned of the consequences of such military actions.

Syrian TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of worldwide law and shows contempt for global legitimacy". "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May describes the attack as neither "about intervening in a civil war" nor "about regime change" but a limited and targeted strike that "does not further escalate tensions in the region" and does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

The head of the Russian military's General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, warned last month that a US strike would threaten Russian military personnel in Syria and draw a Russian counterstrike against both USA missiles and the ships and aircraft launching them.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to Trump on Facebook, saying missiles would destroy "all evidence" of the attack.

Syria's attempt to shelter aircraft, perhaps by locating them alongside Russian military hardware that Washington might be reluctant to hit, could limit damage that the United States and its allies might be able to inflict on Assad's military.

After the council failed this week during three votes to agree on a response, Guterres stressed "the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control" in Syria.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said this week that Russian Federation "ultimately bears responsibility for the brutal attacks", which the Syrian government has also denied.

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