Air Base Struck By US Missiles Operating Again, Syrians Say

In taking decisive, proportional action, Trump has enforced Obama's red line for him.

The regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin is closely allied with that of Assad.

Mr Lavrov pointed out that "an attack on a country whose government fights terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists [and] creates additional threats to regional and global security", the ministry said. In one interview, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the US missile strikes.

Tillerson is heading to Lucca, Italy, for a two-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers that starts Monday, and he will continue from there to Moscow for meetings with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, and other Russian officials.

"Russia and Iran will not allow America to control the world and will stand in its face with all available power no matter what will happen", the statement concluded.

On Sunday's "Meet The Press", Haley told host Chuck Todd, "In no way do we look at peace happening in that area with Iranian influence. They are repeating offense of their predecessors", Khamenei was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

"That crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines", Trump said sternly on being asked if the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhun had crossed a red line.

Assad accused the U.S. of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

United Nations war crimes investigators have opened a probe into the chemical attack, with UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura saying all indications were that "it was a chemical attack and it came from the air".

"And the idea that the foreign secretary can't be trusted because he might pursue his own line or have an independent thought or cross over what the Americans might say makes him look like some kind of "mini-me" to the US and that's not a position that any foreign secretary would want to be in".

While the United States cruise missile strikes early on Friday were in retaliation for the gas attack, Mr Lavrov accused America of threatening global security. After months of allegations of ties between his election campaign and the Kremlin - the subject of current congressional and FBI investigations - Trump has found himself clashing with Putin.

On Friday, senior US military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted. "In no way do we see peace in that area with Russian Federation covering up for Assad".

In a letter Saturday to Congress, Trump officially explained his rationale for getting America involved more forcefully in Syria.

The two generals said the missile strike was a "preplanned program" meant to slow gains by the Syrian military and to "strengthen the morale of terrorists and their supporters".

The impact of the strikes was also unclear.

Trump also suggested on Twitter that the USA wasn't specifically trying to hit runways at the airfield during the operation.

McMaster left open the possibility for further military action against Syria following a missile strike last week ordered by President Trump in response to the country's chemical attack against rebel forces that killed 87 people including children.

President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism from many important Republicans and the worldwide community for his inaction on Syria back in 2013. Not everyone was cheering in Washington, where the president's decision to act without congressional authority angered a mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far right.

  • Leroy Wright