Tillerson says Russian Federation 'incompetence' contributed to Syria chemical attack

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Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that Lavrov emphasized that the allegations of chemical weapons used by the Syrian military Tuesday "do not correspond to reality" and called for a "thorough and impartial" investigation into the incident.

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.

Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future for Syria with Assad in power. Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward.

Russia's failures to rid Syria of weapons stockpiles "has led to the killing of more children and innocents", he said. But a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the strikes dealt "a significant blow" to relations between Moscow and Washington. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Russian Federation "bears considerable responsibility" for Assad's use of chemical weapons, she said.

He said Russian Federation should also be asked how it didn't know that Syria was planning a chemical attack since it had advisers at the Syrian airfield.

United States officials say about 20 planes were destroyed in Friday's attack on the Shayrat base.

But as lawmakers called on Trump to consult with Congress, Trump administration officials sent mixed signals on the scope of future USA involvement.

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Iran has provided crucial military and economic assistance to Assad throughout the six-year civil war.

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump would not "telegraph his next move".

In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch, Trump gave details on the missile strike on the Shayrat military airfield.

Trump spoke by telephone Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who reaffirmed strong support for the military strike and thanked the US president for his "courageous" action, according to statements issued Saturday by the White House and the official Saudi Press Agency.

Administration officials have said the attack successfully destroyed refuelling stations, hangars and some planes, effectively making the base inoperable.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the United States was "prepared to do more" regarding military action in Syria if necessary. British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said the action was "an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is meant to deter further attacks". "You vote before you go to war, not after you go to war".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said the strikes were "a limited but necessary response" and called on Trump to "develop a comprehensive strategy to end Syria's civil war".

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