USA strikes Syria: What you need to know

WASHINGTON-After ordering the first US military attack against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Donald Trump held a press conference Friday to express his full confidence that the airstrike had completely wiped out the lingering Russian scandal.

Factions of the Syrian revolution "view this strike as a turning point in the fight against impunity and as part of the worldwide war on terrorism", the group wrote on social media.

Syria's opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has called on the United States and its allies to take further steps to ban Syrian warplanes' flights.

"And put in the context of USA polices that aid the slaughter of civilians in Yemen and deny terrorized Syrians the ability to flee their dystopian existence, a solitary air strike exposes the immoral hypocrisy of this administration's policy in the Middle East", Murphy said.

"This [end of war crimes against civilians] can only be achieved by applying military pressure and political, on the way to putting an end to the suffering of the Syrian people", it added.

The Syrian government has denied being behind the attack and the Russian government warned against apportioning blame until an investigation had been carried out.

The chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday triggered a USA missile attack two days later that struck a Syrian air base in central Syria killing nine people.

In September 2014, US ships launched 47 Tomahawk missiles during the first night of strikes against Daesh in Syria.

"Last night's targeted missile attack on al-Shayrat air base was a measured and appropriate response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women, and children".

"Obviously, there's - beyond the information that he gets in his [President's Daily Brief], there were very clear images that were available online, in newspapers, and on television that everyone in the world could see", he said.

According to a Pentagon statement, the assault was in response to the alleged Syrian government's chemical weapons attack on Tuesday in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

McMaster said Russian leaders were supporting "a murderous regime" and their actions would dictate the future of U.S.

"I think what Assad did is bad", Trump told reporters traveling with him on Air Force One en route to Florida.

WALLACE: So, there is a possibility that President Trump, you are saying - leaving it wide open that he will act against President Assad if he goes against civilians no matter what weapon he uses?

"We were fully justified in doing so", she said.

In the ongoing war in Syria, Russia has backed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad militarily.

  • Leroy Wright