And for the second time in his presidency, the US commander-in-chief demanded retaliation. It has called the chemical attack a hoax perpetrated by anti-Assad rebels and claimed to have shot 71 out of 105 missiles aimed at Syria in Friday's strike out of the sky (a claim the Pentagon disputes).
Nizar Makni, a Tunisian analyst specializing in the Middle East and North Africa region, said the strike is a direct reaction to Bashar al-Assad's domination of the Ghouta, which is the main front for all attempts to overthrow the ruling government in the depths of the capital Damascus.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night that the US military, in conjunction with British and French forces, had targeted three sites - a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a storage facility and command post also near Homs.
Mr Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow that what is hampering a swift resolution of the mission's visit to the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus, the site of the alleged chemical attack, is "the consequences of the illegal, unlawful military action", a reference to Saturday's punitive air strikes.
"No Syrian weapon had any effect on anything we did", McKenzie said.
U.S., U.K., and French authorities believe the agent used was probably chlorine, possibly aided by a suspected "nerve agent". Earlier in the week Trump appeared to telegraph his intentions to the world with a tweet.
The suspected chemical attack is the latest issue to heighten tensions between Russian Federation and Western powers. Indeed, dealing with this civil war will likely require sanctions, diplomacy and, sometimes, military action.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011 when Osama bin Laden was killed.
The president asked Bolton and the military leaders to justify each potential target, and was particularly focused on limiting the risk of escalation by Russian Federation.More news: PM Modi on Sweden visit, will head towards United Kingdom tomorrow
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Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said.
United States' Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday the Trump administration will announce more sanctions against Russian Federation as soon as Monday.
On Sunday, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations. Failing that, she suggested that rather than strike at chemical weapons facilities, that the United States and it allies destroy Assad's conventional weapons and military capabilities.
President Trump defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" yesterday to describe a US -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing USA involvement and plans for economic sanctions against Russian Federation for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
And in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was to face an emergency parliamentary debate Monday over her country's part in the operation.
As the president addressed the nation at 9 p.m. Washington time, a barrage of 105 USA, United Kingdom and French missiles converged on Syria. The strikes were launched from air and naval installations out of the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and Eastern Meditteranean.
All 12, it said, had been downed using Soviet-made air defense systems. According to the Russian defense ministry, the missile strike was in the small hours on Saturday. I support President Trump's limited action to target chemical weapons facilities and hold this brutal regime accountable.
Recently, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the term "Mission Accomplished," with the media linking it to the premature celebratory declarations in George W. Bush-era.