Trump's Syria strike celebrated by 'terrorists', Iran says

Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", that will air in full on Sunday.

A separate strike on Khan Shaikhoun, where the alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier week, killed a woman and wounded her son, according to SOHR. Satellite imagery suggests the base that was attacked houses Russian special forces and helicopters, part of Kremlin efforts to help Assad fight Islamic State and other militant groups.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the US strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia's military.

Haley noted that the United States' first priority is still to defeat ISIS, but that there can be "multiple priorities".

"It agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons, and why Russian Federation has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me", Tillerson said.

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".

On Thursday, the US fired almost 60 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield where planes allegedly took off from to launch a chemical weapons attack. Tillerson's mission will be to convince Putin that any hope of a US-Russia rapprochement will depend on how helpful the latter proves to be in Syria. Tillerson on Sunday blamed Moscow for failing to prevent the Assad regime from using chemical weapons, despite a 2013 Russian-organized agreement in which the Syrian government was to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack. The attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area, near where USA -backed Syrian fighters have been battling IS under the cover of coalition airstrikes.

The Russian foreign ministry said Mr Johnson's decision not to visit Russia was "absurd".

At the United Nations, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S. For that to happen, he said, "this oppressive Assad needs to go".

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman complimented Trump in a telephone conversation for his "courageous decision". The Observatory said 15 people, including four children, were killed in the airstrike.

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

President Donald Trump's military attack on the Assad regime was, in itself, a stark reversal from his earlier position to work with Russia, Syria's key ally, to negotiate a solution to the country's civil war. The Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia are in a power struggle for regional dominance with Iran's Shiite government.

The strikes have raised a slew of questions about the Trump administration's ultimate goals for Syria.

  • Leroy Wright