Satellite pictures show damage done by Western airstrikes on Assad chemical sites

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On Saturday, the United States warned that it was "locked and loaded", ready to launch more military strikes on Syria if President Bashar Assad's forces carry out a new chemical weapons attack.

The announcement of new sanctions comes shortly after the US, Britain, and France conducted "precision strikes" in Syria on Friday in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed dozens, many of them children, in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma.

Vice President Mike Pence also said Trump carried out the strikes armed with US intelligence that at "a minimum it was the chemical weapon of chlorine", noting investigators still might prove sarin was used.

Dozens chanted and held signs to demonstrate their disappointment in President Trump's decision to use military force in Syria without first letting global organizations confirm the chemical attacks. She says the USA was confident that they had "significantly degraded his ability to use chemical weapons ever again".

An image provided by the Department of Defense and presented at the Pentagon briefing on Saturday preliminary damage assessment from the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker in Syria.

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The president was in a "good mood" and continuing his work in Damascus, agencies cited the lawmakers as saying, and praised the Soviet-era air defence systems Syria used to help to repel the Western attacks.

Airstrikes became the response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Douma, killing 70 people.

Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted.

Russia, Assad's strongest ally, has used its veto power as many as 12 times to block United Nations action against Syria.

"This operation does not represent a change in USA policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

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"We are here to say that we do not stand for this attack, and this attack will only lead to more devastating conflict, potentially could even spire into a mass of regional war that cause many lives".

In London, May said the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons".

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", she said.

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