Assad Shrugs off Trump's Strike, Uses Just-Hit Airbase to Bomb Rebels

Thursday night's strikes - some 60 cruise missiles fired from two ships in the Mediterranean - were the culmination of a rapid, three-day transformation for Trump, who has long opposed deeper USA involvement in Syria's civil war.

An immediate sign of potential fallout from the strike came from Moscow, which said it would strengthen Syrian air defenses to protect the country's key infrastructure.

Erdoğan said Syria "undoubtedly" has chemical weapons and it is clearly known whose airplanes dropped the bombs on civilians "as we have radar records".

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Syria's conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests, but has since spiraled into a bitter and complex civil war that has drawn in worldwide players and jihadist fighters. "They also committed to continuing to seek a political solution to end the crisis in Syria".

Russia's military said the strike had an "extremely low" military impact, with fewer than half the missiles reaching the base. While there, he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow's move to abandon the hotline could dramatically raise the risk to pilots and ground forces on all sides, with near misses and misunderstandings far more likely in Syria's crowded skies.

The representative of Russia, Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov, said the consequences of the U.S. strike to global and regional stability could be extremely serious.

In interviews with more than a dozen Trump voters, many acknowledged that getting the U.S. military directly involved in the Syrian conflict was a far cry from the "America First" isolationism the Republican candidate espoused during the campaign.

Technically, the United States is the interloper in sovereign Syria, whereas the Russians are the invited guests.

The column, entitled "Puppeteer Putin must abandon Assad and join us in building peace", urged Russian Federation to end its support for the regime and support a new political agreement.

"Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply can not be the future leader of Syria".

"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally", Johnson said in a statement.

Turnbull described Trump's decision to take decisive action against the Assad regime as "swift and just".

The US retaliatory strike marked the first time the United States has intervened directly in the Syrian civil war against Assad's Russian- and Iranian-backed regime, raising questions about Washington's next steps.

"It's not the first time for Assad to do that", Mostafa said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said it was "hypothetical" whether the United Kingdom would have agreed to take part - playing down the prospects of increasing military involvement.

Al-Talawy said that after the bombing dozens of ambulances rushed to the area to evacuate the wounded adding that people living nearby saw balls of fire that lit through the sky when the missiles hit the base.

"At a minimum, the Russians failed to rein in the Syrian regime activity", a senior USA military official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Right now, I think everyone in the world sees Russian Federation as part of the problem", McMaster said. And I think the Russians need to think more carefully about the commitment they made under the chemical weapons agreements to be the guarantor that these weapons would be seized, they would be removed, they would be destroyed.

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