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Strikes punish Assad, but send message to Moscow and Teheran too

The air strikes on Syrian military and research installations by the United States, Britain and France late on Friday were roughly double the size of the US' strike on a single Syrian airbase in August last year.

Defence Secretary James Mattis told journalists at a Pentagon briefing: "We were very precise and proportionate but, at the same time, it was a heavy strike."

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