The damage assessment at the Him Shinsar chemical weapons storage site after U.S., French and British forces launched strikes.
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French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria, as he defended France's participation in joint airstrikes.In telephone calls before Saturday's airstrikes, Macron said he had persuaded Trump not to pull out of Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.The United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles Saturday targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7 .Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people. The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russia but the United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war.Though Israel has at times urged stronger U.S. involvement against Assad and his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements in Syria, it voiced backing for Saturday's airstrikes by Western powers.
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