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While NATO has issued a strong statement of support for its three allies which launched a military strike against Syria over the suspected chemical attack of last weekend, the United Nations called for restraint.

Stoltenberg noted that "it will reduce the ability of the regime for applying new attacks against the Syrian people using chemical weapons". The attack was in response to the Assad regime's apparent use of chemical weapons on its citizens last week.

Both Iran and Russian Federation, who back Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, blasted the attacks, which Downing Street said "had been a success".

Russian efforts to veto United Nations action against Syria left US, British and French allies no option but to launch airstrikes against key installations, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said. Trump condemned the attack calling it the work of a "monster". North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was not involved in the strikes.

"Allies expressed their full support for this action meant to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter further chemical weapon attacks against the people of Syria", Stoltenberg said. Stoltenberg's statement was made public on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation website. This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as US Defence Secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely'.

It demanded that military action stop "immediately and without delay".

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