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16 April 2018

Yet according to the US Defense Department, though Russian radar systems in Syria were on and detected US warplanes planes, Russia chose not to fire on them, instead only attempting to shoot down some of the cruise missiles.

Kaine said the Syrian operations lack a clear strategy.

The Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone and agreed that the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions, carried out in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", the press service of the Kremlin said.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.

McKenzie noted that the strikes were double the size of the last US strike on Syria in April 2017, and as of now the USA side has not been aware of any civilian casualties.

In an early-morning tweet, Trump said the strike was "perfectly carried out" and that "the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished".

"We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons", she will say.

"If you look at what Russian Federation is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors, whether their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem", Haley said, adding that the use of a poisoning agent against a spy in England is "another issue".

On Monday, the French ambassador said priority must be given to boosting the work of the world's chemical arms watchdog so it can dismantle Syria's "secret" toxic weapons programme.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley responded, saying she'd spoken with Trump hours earlier and he'd told her, "If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded".

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Union was "united at a very serious moment" in wanting to "prevent and dissuade against any use of chemical weapons". "I think that's the right approach", Haley added.

May plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest", were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks and had broad global support.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

'Al-Assad can not be part of Syria solution'