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US, UK, France perform airstrike on Syria

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The strike targeted what were referred to as "chemical weapons sites" to counter the amount of chemical weapons that Syria can develop. The strike targeted what were referred to as "chemical weapons sites" to counter the amount of chemical weapons that Syria can develop.

Over 100 missiles struck Syria in the first coordinated western strikes, orchestrated by the United States, the U.K., and France in response to a poison gas attack by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The strike targeted what were referred to as "chemical weapons sites" to counter the amount of chemical weapons that Syria can develop.

"I would use three words describe this operation - precise, overwhelming, and effective," Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., Director of the Joint Staff, said in a news briefing.  "In a powerful display of allied unity, we deployed 105 weapons against three targets, that will significantly impact the Syrian regime’s ability to develop, deploy, and use chemical weapons in the future."

Other Republican politicians are saying that working with close allies was a good move on the President's part, and hoping that that collaboration between the countries can continue in the future.

"It’s important for the world to take notice and to do something because you can’t let someone Assad do what he's doing," said Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio's 5th District. "I think it’s important for President Trump to work with not only the British, but also the French, to carry out the missile attack because again we cannot have weapons of this type being used against these people who are defenseless men, women, and children."

"I would say that if you listened to what General Mattis, now Secretary Mattis, said, is that we’re going to be in place, they’re going to analyze whether or not any more chemical activity, and so as long as we can hold the coalition together with the French and the British, I think it’s a good partnership and we will find any chemical weapons if they use them again, we'll have to target them again," said Rep. Devin Nunes of California's 22nd District.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the airstrikes.  The western countries said that their bombing was over for the time being.

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