Rouhani wants chemical attack in Syria investigated

US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government.

He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russian Federation had his back.

Iran and Russia - Assad's key allies - condemned Trump's strikes as war fears continue to build.

"We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the worldwide community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated".

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping process", he wrote.

USA officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes and avoided hitting Russian personnel.

"A very small percentage of the people who have been slaughtered in Syria have been slaughtered by chemical weapons", McCain 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 global community", Tillerson said in an interview aired on ABC on Sunday. Asked whether she thought Russian Federation was trying to help Assad cover up the use of chemical weapons, Haley said either Moscow knew Assad had weapons that would be used or they were "played for fools by Assad and kept in the dark".

The US fired 59 missiles at a Syrian airbase after the alleged attack.

The strikes have catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding Mr Assad, its close ally.

Gabbard said: "Why should we just blindly follow this escalation of a counterproductive regime-change war?"

Residents in a Syrian town that was targeted by a deadly chemical weapons attack earlier this week have stated that warplanes returned to bomb it on Saturday.

But the Russians are denying that Assad had anything to do with the chemical attack.

"The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used".

Instead, Tillerson emphasized the administration's priority in defeating Islamic State forces in Syria and said little about the U.S.'s preference on Assad's future. "It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons", said Haley.

  • Leroy Wright