"You don't rush decisions like this", Haley told reporters, adding that if there is haste "you make a mistake". Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.
The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, said the strikes were a violation of worldwide law and probably created to prevent investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog from doing their work.
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President Trump ordered precision missile strikes Friday evening on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.
He also stressed the importance of opposing the use of conventional weapons in addition to chemical weapons. The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.
The Kremlin said both Putin and Macron lauded the upcoming visit of the global chemical watchdog's fact-finding mission to Syria and pledged to join efforts to provide necessary assistance to that mission.
President Donald Trump's threat of action against the Syrian regime places the United States and Russian Federation at perhaps the greatest risk of conflict since the days of the Cold War. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".
"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Mr Turnbull said.
The response may not be military, but it should extract some sort of cost - whether political, military or economic - each time, Hersman said.
Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris", he added. "Why is it that this particular Douma attack was the straw that broke the camel's back for President Trump?"
"We did not coordinate targets or any planning with the Russians", Dunford said later, speaking at a press briefing alongside Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
Konashenkov said the attack was fabricated as an excuse to conduct military attacks on Syria. At the weekend, Israeli jets hit a Syrian airbase housing Iranian forces and Russian Federation did not respond.
Officials were reportedly unable to calm him when they explained European countries expelled the same number of Russians in total as the U.S.
President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin has deployed warplanes and troops to Syria to defend Assad's regime, and - as usual - issued a series of conflicting denials on his behalf.
According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.
"There are definitely chinks in the armor of Assad's air defenses", Heras said. From a distance, US missiles hitting suburbs of the capital sounded like thunder.
The attack destroyed a building that includes a learning centre and laboratories, state TV said. Air defense units fired surface-to-air missiles from different directions toward incoming missiles. But the damage was limited, and a defiant Assad returned to episodic use of chlorine and perhaps other chemicals.
CGTN's Jack Parrock explains, the strikes have re-ignited the war-of-words between Washington and Moscow. When coupled with President Trump's warning that "missiles are coming" via Twitter only days earlier, it can be assumed that Russian forces, and likely as a result, Syrian forces, were aware of the target locations before the missiles actually arrived. Turkish forces and rebel allies control territory in northern Syria, while USA -backed Kurdish forces hold wide areas of the northeast, and pockets of Islamic State fighters remain.
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