105 missiles aimed at three targets: a military tight rope. Enough to send a message to Syria. Not enough to provoke the Russians. Theresa May declared chemical weapons must not become normalised. Downing Street later added the airstrikes met international laws on humanitarian grounds – although Jeremy Corbyn called them ‘legally questionable’. The attacks began at 4am Syrian time – 4 RAF Tornadoes striking from their base in Cyprus.The United States and France launched a joint air and sea operation – using vessels in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The Pentagon says missiles hit a research facility in Damascus as well as a chemical weapons storage facility and a command site near Homs.