U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria after missile strikes

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

"I'm disappointed in (the Russian) response", he said.

At least four civilians were killed with some putting the death toll as high as 15.

"In particular", he said, the response showed the Kremlin's "continued support for a regime that carries out these kinds of horrendous attacks on their own people".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for an impartial probe of this week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria and warned that USA missile strikes in response risked escalating extremism in the region.

Russian Federation and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls on Sunday, saying last week's USA missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

To Washington's relief, Russian Federation said none of its troops were killed in Thursday night's strikes.

In Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest against the U.S. missile attack.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon says that it was for fear of driving Iran away from the bargaining table that President Barack Obama refused to enforce the "red line" on chemical weapons against Assad.

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson says Russians were not targeted by the strikes. A few Trump voters found themselves torn: wary of the decision to embroil the United States in Syria's six-year civil war but unwilling to abandon the president they elected.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive US actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the strikes, the Saudi Press Agency said on Saturday.

Washington has long backed rebels fighting Assad in a multi-sided civil war that has killed more than 400,000 people and driven half of Syrians from their homes since 2011.

US Ambassador to the UN and current UN Security Council president, Nikki Haley arrives for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria, at the UN headquarters in NY on April 7, 2017.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Moscow and Washington.

While US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were midway through their meal of pan-seared Dover sole with champagne sauce on Thursday evening, a US naval destroyer was launching the first of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, lighting up the sky in eastern Syria.

The first high stakes summit between the two superpowers was to discuss trade, security in the South China Sea and how to counter the nuclear threat of an increasingly aggressive North Korea.

Bandying the hashtag #Syria hoax, leaders of the "Alt-Right" white nationalist fringe on Friday lashed out at Mr Trump for abandoning his election campaign stances.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the strike.

"If this intervention is limited only to an air base, if it does not continue and if we don't remove the regime from heading Syria, then this would remain a cosmetic intervention", he said.

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent awful chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the global community", he added.

The Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494 crossed through the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea, according to an unnamed United States defence official who spoke to Fox News.

Erdogan said he welcomed Moscow's recent statement that "unconditional support is not possible" to the Syrian regime.

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