In New York, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that Trump told her that if Syria uses poisonous gas again, "the United States is locked and loaded".
The crisis seemed to quickly ease, however.
"Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate country and their counterterrorism efforts", Nebenzia said, reading a statement from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Neither Moscow, Iran nor their armed proxies moved to retaliate against USA forces or interests.
In turn, the Russians could easily have used the strikes against Syrian chemical facilities as a pretext to dig in militarily against America.
Since 2015, Syria has benefited from the support of Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin.
The Trump administration said the same thing previous year.
The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.
The U.S. coordinated the attacks this year with the United Kingdom and France.
French Rafale jets, British Tornado jets and US B-1 bombers took part in the Friday night raid, launching from bases in Cyprus, France and possibly Qatar, where the USA earlier this month deployed several attack aircraft. It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there April 7, which activists say killed more than 40 people and led to Saturday's airstrikes by the West. In a speech announcing the attack, Trump blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. Nor were any attacking aircraft struck.
"All together, 103 cruise missiles were deployed", senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi said at a briefing in Moscow.
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The strikes on Saturday morning were limited to sites believed to be linked to Mr Al Assad's chemical weapons and caused no reported casualties.
Ever hopeful, rebel groups told The National before the strikes they had made plans to take advantage of U.S. strikes in any way possible, potentially launching operations against government forces in their wake.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it appeared that almost all the Syrian surface-to-air defenses were fired after the allied missiles hit their targets.
"They lost a lot of equipment". They come from nerve agents.
"The Security Council has failed in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account", Haley said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called by Russian Federation over Friday night's strikes. "This time, the strikes went to the very heart of the enterprise, to the research, to development, to storage". The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider worldwide commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation. "We know a chemical weapon was used".
McKenzie says the missiles were fired after the "last impact" was over.
Before-and-after pictures released by the Pentagon show three buildings and a parking garage collapsed and in rubble.
"These three targets seemed to hit the sweet spot and do that", McKenzie said. 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.
The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but also again demonstrated the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with the seven-year-long Syrian conflict.
"Our initial assessment is that this target was completely destroyed", McKenzie said. But while more targets were hit and more missiles fired this time around, it won't alter the fundamental dynamics of the grinding, seven-year-long conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead, nearly all as a result of nonchemical weapons of war.