Trump strike on Syria makes it clear: The Americans are back

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears "sole responsibility" for the USA strike on a regime airbase, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have said in a joint statement.

Li Baodong, China's representative to the United Nations, said the resolution did not facilitate easing the situation in Syria and did not comply with United Nations principles of non-interference in internal affairs. The statement added the attacks were "shortsighted" and a continuation of a US policy of "subjugating people".

The 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched about 4:40 a.m. local time from the U.S. Navy destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter, which are deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Observatory and Turkey-based activist Ahmad al-Ahmad said Friday's air strike caused material damage but no casualties.

Officials said one consideration in examining a possible response is the presence of hundreds of American troops within Syria.

"Italy understands the reasons for the USA military action", Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said in a statement. This was a warning shot by the U.S. That he will likely take on the chin but the U.S. Is now in a tough spot essentially helping the enemies of Assad including ISIS and the Syrian military today accusing the U.S. Of being partners now with ISIS. The so-called "deconfliction line" is operated by the USA military's Central Command at the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Farron joined the Conservative government in supporting Trump's decision but called on the May to consider more meaningful action such as further strikes on the Assad regime.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Friday "the combat efficiency of the USA strike was very low", adding that only 23 of the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles reached the Shayrat base.

China condemned the chemical attacks in Syria on Tuesday, which killed more than 70 people and wounded scores of others, most of whom were civilians in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.

September 27, 2013: The U.N. Security Council orders Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, following a surprise agreement between Washington and Moscow, averting US strikes.

The prime minister also denounced Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons, saying "these gruesome attacks can not be permitted to continue operating with impunity".

Meanwhile Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman called for the creation of a no-fly zone and safe zones within Syria. Just last week, his administration stressed that removing from power was no longer a priority and that America's focus was entirely on defeating an Islamic State insurgency in the north of the country.

Russia's UN envoy accused the United States on Friday of violating worldwide law by carrying out military strikes in Syria.

His statement said Washington's actions had "dealt a serious blow to Russian-US relations, which are already in a poor state".

What does this mean in Syria?

From strong messages of support to fierce condemnation, here are the main global reactions to a United States strike on a Syria air base in response to a suspected chemical attack. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

The United States is not at war with Syria - at least not yet. President Barack Obama threatened air strikes at the time, but ultimately pulled back on military action.

  • Joanne Flowers