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Mattis: US Missile Strike on Syrian Airbase Was Measured Response

Mattis: US Missile Strike on Syrian Airbase Was Measured Response

Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first US assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

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The Kremlin said in a statement Mr Rouhani also spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin by phone.

Secretary Tillerson is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Wednesday, in a pre-arranged trip, in a big test for US-Russia relations.

Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the US missile strikes.

An unidentified US Navy destroyer launching missiles at a Syrian government air base.

Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation", Sen.

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But asked about the possibility of further intervention, the secretary of state said Washington's "first priority" in Syria was to defeat the Islamic State terror group, also known as Daesh.

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to explain to Moscow a USA retaliatory missile strike.

The United Nations Association of Canada called a halt to the bombing and offered a raft of protest actions. He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack.

Haley's comment came after the United States carried out on Thursday a cruise missile attack on the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat, located in the vicinity of the Homs city.

A United Kingdom government source said: "The important thing is that this is Britain helping to influence USA policy on Syria and Russian Federation, far from being a poodle".

Saudi Arabia, one of the most vehement opponents of Assad, said the missile barrage 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".

Washington has sent mixed signals about whether it shares the determination of allies including Britain that Assad must be removed from power.

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In Florida with the president, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said additional economic sanctions on Syria were being prepared.

Trump's action came a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton urged the U.S. bombing of Syria.

Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren't sure whether Russian Federation or Syria operated the drone.

In a round of television interviews that aired Sunday, though, Tillerson said the top USA priority in the region remains the defeat of Islamic State militants. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted. The April 5 meeting comes after what strongly appears to be a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The move was in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun earlier in the week which killed at least 86 people according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. USA warships fired 59 cruise missiles at the Syrian air base from which the US believes the attack was launched.

Moscow has been a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has defended it against claims of chemical weapons use in front of the UN Security Council.

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