USA 'prepared to do more' against Syria atrocities

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for an impartial probe of this week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria and warned that United States missile strikes in response risked escalating extremism in the region.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday asked Russian Federation to reconsider its support for the Syrian regime following a chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier this week and the USA military action in response.

According to senior administration officials and members of Congress who spoke with Trump, the President had been especially struck by two images: Young, listless children being splashed with water in a frantic attempt to cleanse them of the nerve agent; and an anguished father holding his twin babies, swathed in soft white fabric, poisoned to death.

The US has led a coalition carrying out air strikes against jihadist groups in Syria since 2014 but this is the first time it has targeted government forces.

Overnight to April 7, following an order from the U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. armed forces fired a total of 59 Tomahawk subsonic cruise missiles on a military airfield in Syria's Homs Governorate.

Syria and Russian Federation said several people were killed in the cruise missile strikes.

The Security Council was meeting in an emergency session to discuss the U.S. actions in Syria that Russian Federation branded a "flagrant violation of worldwide law and an act of aggression" against Syria.

The Syrian Civil War has pulled in the United States, Russia, Iran and nearly all of Syria's neighbors.

The US, they said, had not acted in self-defence and had not sought the agreement of the Security Council, the United Nations body tasked with maintaining global peace and stability.

He said the best outcome would be a peace agreement that leads to a transitional government accepted by all Syrians, followed by elections in which all Syrians, including those living overseas, could vote for new leadership.

"You vote before you go to war, not after you go to war", Paul said.

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USA allies from Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed support for the attack, if sometimes cautiously.

However, in a tweet about the missile strikes, Rouhani said: "I call on the world to reject such policies, which bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe".

He said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

Still others said President Trump had fallen victim to the U.S. "deep state", an ostensibly entrenched military-national security bureaucracy at odds with the new president's anti-Washington views.

"I'm disappointed in that response", said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Xi agreed to increase China's cooperation with the United States to pressure North Korea to end their nuclear program, Tillerson said.

In Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest the US missile attack, chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel". "If we say democracy, let's take this step", he said.

"So there's multiple priorities", she said.

Mr Alex Jones, whose Infowars website is a hub for the far-right movement but others allege is a wellspring of the "fake news" phenomenon, claimed that Tuesday's attack was launched by the Syrian opposition.

The official state news agency SANA said the strikes killed nine civilians in villages near the base. The Observatory said 15 people, including four children, were killed in the airstrike.