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The US said the overnight missile attacks have crippled Bashar al-Assad's chemical weaponry.

Western powers will study "options" if Syria's government again uses chemical weapons, but nothing is planned as yet, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday, after raids on Syrian targets triggered heated debate over their legality and effectiveness. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

The UK, France and the United States are pushing for an independent investigation into allegations that Syrian Government forces are using chemical weapons - a day after launching air strikes on the war-torn country.

Speaking with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, the former SC governor defended the USA, United Kingdom and France partnership that saw the three countries launch more than 100 missiles at three separate targets in Syria.

Earlier, the office of France's President Emanuel Macron said the country's air force fired missiles from its Mirage and Rafale fighter jets.

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Russian Federation said on Saturday it would consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria following the Western strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

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"We put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years", Haley added.

In the meeting with the Russians, Assad said that the strikes had demonstrated that Russian weapons were superior to US ones, according to the lawmakers.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that the military strikes were "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".

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When pressed, however, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted. The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has issued a joint statement endorsing the US -led air strikes in Syria .

The Pentagon says they believe the airstrikes "attacked the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons program".

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime".

The team of experts are set to investigate the April 7 attack east of the capital Damascus, which Bashar al Assad's regime and its Russian ally deny ever took place. A sarin attack triggered Trump's decision previous year to strike a Syrian air base.

"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. "Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition".

Syrian state media called them a "flagrant violation of global law", while Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called it a crime and the Western leaders criminals.

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Images from the satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe now appear to show at least two of these three sites - the Barzeh Research and Development Center and the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage complex - before and after the strikes.