US Missile Strikes in Syria Trigger Protests in San Francisco

The latest attacks follow a missile strike early Friday by the United States on a base in western Syria that the U.S. says was used to launch Tuesday's chemical attack, which left more than 85 people dead and hundreds more injured. "If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress", Fallon told The Sunday Times.

Both governments have defended their Damascus ally against Western allegations that it carried out a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday, killing dozens of civilians.

"We want to continue our efforts with Russian Federation in the Astana process in terms of measures to increase trust and establish a cease-fire", he told reporters in Antalya, according to the Anadolu state news agency.

The United States acted in a dangerously unilateral manner before any global investigation into what happened or offering any solid evidence concerning the suspected use of chemical weapons.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Florida to attend a summit between Trump and China's Xi Jinping, is due in Moscow next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Airstrikes were conducted Saturday on the Syrian city that was the site of chemical weapons attack earlier this week, CNN reported. It did, however, say it had put Bashar al-Assad on notice that it would take further military action if he used chemical weapons again.

"We are carefully assessing any information that would implicate the Russians knew or assisted with this capability", he said.

The surprise barrage of 59 cruise missiles in the early hours of Friday, UK time, was the first time the United States has struck directly against the Syrian government. He said there was "no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution". "As well as deepening the tragedy of the Syrian people, this utterly irresponsible act threatens to widen the war and lead the West into military confrontation with Russian Federation", the group stated.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said all parties must remember their "shared duty to uphold worldwide standards of humanity".

Thursday night's strikes - some 60 cruise missiles fired from two ships in the Mediterranean - were the culmination of a rapid, three-day transformation for Trump, who has long opposed deeper us involvement in Syria's civil war.

The secretary of state must be "the spokesman for American foreign policy", said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official during George W. Bush's presidency. "Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said, using an alternative acronym for ISIL. And Haley, too, said Washington's priority was "no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out".

USA officials have said the Pentagon is looking for any evidence that the Russian government knew about or was complicit in Tuesday's chemical attack.

The Syrian military said at least seven people were killed and several others injured in the strike which caused extensive damage to the base at Shayrat, in central Syria, from where Tuesday's chemical strike was believed to have been launched.

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