Wisconsin US senators respond to Syrian airstrikes

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Worldwide experts to visit gas attack site:He global investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted the military action on Saturday. There were no immediate reports of casualties with Damascus's allies saying the buildings hit had been evacuated in advance.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday that "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike Syria again if the country's regime continues to use chemical weapons.

"So, I ordered the French armed forces to intervene tonight, as part of an global operation in coalition with the United States of America and the United Kingdom and directed against the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime".

"When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red", she said.

"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.

However, Russia circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action.

A US official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said Saturday that the Syrian military used a Soviet-made missile defense system to shoot down all the missiles targeting four key Syrian air bases.

Pakistan is following the situation in Syria with grave concern and has called all sides to refrain from actions inconsistent with the UN Charter.

He did not say whether France is planning military action against Assad's government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted", with no intention of toppling Mr Assad or intervening more widely in the war.

"We are going to be part of a number of protests coming up", said Aram Bowen, an organizer of the Philadelphia Rojava Solidarity Network, which sympathizes with the independent administration that governs much of northwest Syria, led by members of that country's Kurdish minority.

"The aggression by the arrogant and hegemonic Western regimes was a result of their frustration at the failure of the conspiratorial project against Syria", the state-run SANA news agency said, citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official.

One big question has been raised relating to US, United Kingdom and French missiles strikes in Syria: Were they legal?

But he appeared to conflict that message when he said on Saturday that Western allies were prepared to "sustain this response" if Assad does not stop using prohibited chemical weapons.

June 8, 2017: U.S. jets downed an armed Iranian-supported drone that had fired on USA troops in southern Syria near a base where the worldwide coalition against Islamic State militants is training Syrian rebel forces.

More than 40 people were killed and 500 injured - including women and children - after poison gas was apparently used in an attack on Douma, a rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital of Damascus, on April 7.

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