President wants to defeat ISIS AND oust Assad, reveals ambassador

The Obama administration when it contemplated strikes against Syria in 2013, also built a picture of Syria's most vulnerable targets.

In a letter to the US Congress on Saturday, President Donald Trump explained his decision to launch an attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria, claiming he was acting to avert a "humanitarian catastrophe".

Russian Federation warned on Friday that USA cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences.

The move was welcomed by the Syrian opposition and its main backers, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, but harshly condemned by Russian Federation and Iran, who back Assad and said striking his forces would complicate the struggle against extremist groups. News agencies also reported that the strike had ended Russia's cooperation with the ensure that the many coalition and Russian fighter jets over Syria's skies do not collide or miscalculate each other's intentions.

"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US".

Washington has blamed the Syrian government for the attack on Tuesday. "I think we ought to ask them that question".

Tehran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally and has provided military and economic support for his fight against rebel groups and Islamic State militants.

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Russian Federation and Syria have denied carrying out a chemical attack, instead blaming the incident on chemicals being released after an airstrike hit a "terrorist" arsenal. "Vladimir Putin and Hasan Rouhani spoke in favor of an objective, unbiased investigation of all the circumstances of the chemical weapons incident on April 4 in the Syrian province of Idlib". Vice President Mike Pence called him Thursday night to explain the attack was related specifically to Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Britain's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said on Saturday he had canceled a visit to Moscow that was scheduled for April 10.

"We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there", Haley said.

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent bad chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the worldwide community", he added.

He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start a fresh dialogue with Moscow.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia's response indicated "continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people".

Tillerson is expected in Moscow this week for talks with Russian officials. "We can not talk about openly any complicity between the Russians and the Syrian regime in the case, but we're carefully assessing any information that would implicate the Russians knew or assisted with this Syrian capability".

"I look at what he did, and what was happening in Syria, so I understand the response", Cardin said of Trump. The attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area, near where US -backed Syrian fighters have been battling IS under the cover of coalition airstrikes. It said the woman killed had fled to the town from her hometown of Latameh in central Syria. At least six people are reported to have died.

When Wallace asked what the United States will do if Russia defends its interests in Syria, mentioning Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's comments Friday that the US missile strike in Syria put the two countries "on the verge of a military clash", McMaster stood firm on his position that Russia is "part of the problem" and should become "part of the solution".

Saudi Arabia said the missile launch was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the worldwide community to stop it".

Defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus, Tillerson said.

  • Zachary Reyes