What is known about suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria

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Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday in opposition to President Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syrian chemical weapons facilties. Dick Durbin and Sen.

Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early on Saturday.

Nizar Makni, a Tunisian analyst specializing in the Middle East and North Africa region, said the strike is a direct reaction to Bashar al-Assad's domination of the Ghouta, which is the main front for all attempts to overthrow the ruling government in the depths of the capital Damascus.

But the prime minister may not find such backing when she faces parliament on Monday, where some lawmakers are angry that May took military action without their approval - a process that has increasingly become a tradition in Britain.

They are then likely to tackle the southern province of Daraa, where protests against he rule of Assad, who has been in power 18 years, broke out in 2011.

Russian President Vladmir Putin said the strikes will only make things worse for civilians in Syria. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties".

"The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement cited by Reuters.

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Russian Federation has blocked countless resolutions against its Syrian ally however and the regime has appeared determined to continue its inexorable military reconquest of the country. He wrote, "If we do nothing there will be other people and other governments around the world who will look at the impunity of Assad and ask themselves: they got away with it - why shouldn't I?"

The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the USA was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.

The tripartite strike on Syria, the campaign of lies and misdirection at the UN Security Council against Syria and Russian Federation proved that both countries were fighting not only against terrorism but also breach of the worldwide law based on the respect of the countries' sovereignty, Assad said. He insisted, "Every single one hit their target". Using over 100 missiles, the three allies targeted eight facilities including a chemical weapons storage site west of Homs.

The US-led operation won broad Western support.

"We convinced him to limit the strikes to chemical weapons when at the same time there was a burst of tweets that did not escape you", Macron said. He said that Parliament should have been consulted before the attacks occurred. In fact, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. He said Washington is prepared to keep pressure on Assad until he ends a "criminal pattern of killing his own people" with the internationally banned weapons.

"For all the sound and fury of these strikes, their net effect is a slap on the wrist of Bashar al-Assad", said Nick Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security.