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What is the US goal In Syria?

11 April 2017

"They carried out strikes on the hardware that they wanted to inspect".

A bomb explosion also killed one woman and wounded 25 others in the city of Homs, officials said.

Many analysts see the US strike, which included 59 Tomahawk missiles fired from two USA warships in the eastern Mediterranean, as a one-off response. The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.

"We should point out to Vladimir Putin that this kind of activity - aligning himself with a war criminal and a consummately violator of human rights like Bashar Assad, over time, is not going to be of benefit to Russian Federation and the world", he said. The Russian military was informed beforehand, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Just last week Trump was signalling that the U.S. had no interest in removing Assad from power and that its sole concern in Syria was the defeat of so-called Islamic State.

It's pretty clear that the president did the right thing. The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered.

Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims.

A year later, diplomats at the United Nations said experts had found traces of deadly nerve agents used to make chemical weapons at a site in Syria.

On North Korea's nuclear capability, Tillerson said Kim Jong Un "has made significant advancements in delivery systems, and that is what concerns us the most".

At a press conference in Damascus on Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem denied that government forces had used chemical weapons.

The UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called off a visit to Moscow, saying the situation had changed "fundamentally" and he would work with the U.S. in pursuit of a ceasefire.

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On CBS News' "Face the Nation", Tillerson also said that the first priority for the US remains defeating Islamic State. "Some with the visible scars of a chemical weapons attack".

Tom Graham, a managing director who deals with Russian Federation at the consulting firm of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, said the U.S. strike - 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles - also sent a muscular message to Moscow, which has been bragging about its own military's upgrades. "He will visit Moscow as planned and, following the G7 meeting, will be able to deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

"We're afraid to fully give weapons to Syria because we're afraid they will fall into hands of terrorists, so military escalation is not simple", he said.

On Wednesday he told White House reporters of his visceral response to the images he was seeing from Syria: "I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me - big impact". By yesterday he had amended his thinking saying of Assad: "It would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people".

Less than three months into Trump's administration, prospects have all but evaporated for collaboration with Russian Federation on fighting the Islamic State group, reducing arms stockpiles and lowering tensions in Eastern Europe.

Trump praised his military for Friday's missile strike.

Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) said there was reason for serious concern that Russian Federation and Syria might retaliate against U.S. forces on the ground. The Observatory said 15 people, including four children, were killed in the airstrike.

Saudi Arabia hailed the strike as a "courageous decision" by President Donald Trump and a Saudi ally, the United Arab Emirates echoed that support.

When she heard the news of the strike on Friday she said she was "happy" for a second, but "then we became anxious as we knew Assad would look for revenge on us".

Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, was quoted as saying: "It's not hard to imagine how much the spirits of these terrorists been raised".