Former Conservative foreign affairs minister John Baird, who had to grapple with the onset of the Syrian civil war while in Stephen Harper's government, says he hopes the overdue airstrike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime will act as a one-time deterrent against future chemical warfare.
Tuesday's chemical attack killed at least 100 people and injured more than 500.
According to Idlib's opposition-run health authority, 89 people, including 33 children and 18 women, died in the suspected nerve agent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.
Within 24 hours of the American strikes, monitoring groups reported that jets were taking off from the bombed Shayrat air base once again.
"President Obama, Do NOT attack Syria, fix USA", Trump said on Twitter in September 2013.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for the formation of an worldwide fact-finding committee to investigate the attack and make clear where the chemical weapons came from. The missile attack shouldn't distract from the serious allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the USA election, he said.
Both Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, said defeating the Islamic State group remained the administration's first priority, with the strategy for stabilizing Syria a longer-term political effort that could involve Russian Federation.
He stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest the nation was an accomplice to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meanwhile, canceled his planned Monday visit to Moscow, citing developments in Syria.
Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory USA missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be "cosmetic" if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power. "Strengthening Assad will only lead to more murders", she said.
Trump said he ordered the airstrike on the Shayrat base because the USA believed aircraft that carried out the chemical attack were launched from there. So far, the USA does not know who carried out that sort, but the official said "the fact that somebody would strike the hospital potentially to hide the evidence of a chemical attack about five hours after... is a question we're very interested in".
Russian Federation flatly denies the allegations.
Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov said that the disappointment was "mutual" and suggested that Tillerson's comments were made to gain "leverage" in upcoming US-Russia talks. The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S. strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated global law.
"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him", Haley told the council.
Rouhani said "neutral countries should come and assess to make it clear where the chemical weapons came from".