Live updates: US, UK and France launch strikes on Syria
US President Donald Trump said that the joint strikes with France and the UK were in retaliation to the alleged use of chemical weapons in a suburb in Damascus by Syrian forces last week
14 Apr 2018, 1:30 PM
Russia to call an emergency session of the UN Security Council over US-led strikes on Syria
14 Apr 2018, 1:22 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin terms US strikes on Syria a violation of international law, reports Russia Today
14 Apr 2018, 1:17 PM
Iran says that the US-led strikes on Syria will have “regional consequences.” "The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack ... and are responsible for the regional consequences," Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi reportedly said.
14 Apr 2018, 1:13 PM
While UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres termed the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime as “abhorrent,” he urged global powers to exercise restraint. “The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility. I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people,” Guterres said in a statement.
14 Apr 2018, 12:59 PM
British defence secretary Gavin Williamson has said that the strike on Syria has "significantly reduced" the likelihood of the Syrian regime using chemical weapons again.
14 Apr 2018, 9:27 AM
At least one US Navy warship sailing around Red Sea involved in strikes, as per media reports
14 Apr 2018, 9:21 AM
"Even this week, the Russians vetoed a resolution at the UN Security Council that would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack," says Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in a video statement, as she hit out at Moscow
14 Apr 2018, 9:16 AM
French President Emmanuel Macron issues a statement on the launches.
14 Apr 2018, 9:13 AM
Russian ambassador to US Anatoly Antonov says "such actions would not be left without consequences," according to news reports.
14 Apr 2018, 9:09 AM
"We launched precision strikes on targets associated with chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said
14 Apr 2018, 8:26 AM
Pentagon says that the strikes were a "one-time shot" and no additional launches were planned. "Right now, this is a one-time shot and I believe it sent a very strong message," US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said during a press briefing.