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What just happened in Syria and what comes next? Here’s everything you need to know.

After days of White House threats, the United States, along with France and Britain, launched a military response Saturday to the suspected chemical attack in Douma carried out by the Syrian regime.

At about 4 a.m. Saturday local time (9 p.m. Friday ET), some 105 missiles were fired into Syria, destroying three targets near Damascus and Homs “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme,” according to General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Western allies said the action was limited in its intent to target Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure — and was not aimed at removing Assad or intervening in the country’s seven-year civil war.

Here’s what you need to know about the weekend’s events:

What allies are saying?

There was broad support for the attack. In Europe, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said there was an obligation to hold those responsible for chemical attacks accountable, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the strikes “necessary and appropriate.”

After days of White House threats, the United States, along with France and Britain, launched a military response Saturday to the suspected chemical attack in Douma carried out by the Syrian regime.

At about 4 a.m. Saturday local time (9 p.m. Friday ET), some 105 missiles were fired into Syria, destroying three targets near Damascus and Homs “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme,” according to General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Western allies said the action was limited in its intent to target Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure — and was not aimed at removing Assad or intervening in the country’s seven-year civil war.

Here’s what you need to know about the weekend’s events:

What allies are saying?

There was broad support for the attack. In Europe, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said there was an obligation to hold those responsible for chemical attacks accountable, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the strikes “necessary and appropriate.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the strikes should be supported because they diminished Syria’s ability to carry out further chemical attacks.

Canada, Turkey, Australia and Israel also supported the action, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not ruling out joining further strikes if called upon.

How have Syria and its backers, Russia and Iran, responded?

Syrian President Bashar Assad was defiant, telling visiting Russian lawmakers the

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