Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

New airstrikes hit Syrian town targeted by chemical weapons

New airstrikes hit Syrian town targeted by chemical weapons

An arm of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, meanwhile, issued a statement it said was on behalf of Russia, Iran and its allies, vowing to "reply with force" to any future aggression "in a variety of ways".

Earlier this year, Assad said that the country's government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrian people.

Retired US Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a CNN military analyst, said the frigate appeared to be a show of force by Russian Federation, which since late 2015 has been conducting airstrikes in Syria against forces opposing the Syrian regime.

In a letter to the US Congress on Saturday, President Donald Trump explained his decision to launch an attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria, claiming he was acting to avert a "humanitarian catastrophe".

The strike was the first time American forces targeted a Syrian government installation in the course of the war.

Mr Assad's government has denied any involvement in the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province.

Tillerson said in an appearance on ABC that the U.S.' stance on regime change from before the strike on Syria had not changed.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided Saturday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

When Wallace asked what the United States will do if Russia defends its interests in Syria, mentioning Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's comments Friday that the US missile strike in Syria put the two countries "on the verge of a military clash", McMaster stood firm on his position that Russia is "part of the problem" and should become "part of the solution".

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday took perhaps the most aggressive Washington stance on the country's simultaneous effort to defeat ISIS and solve the Syrian crisis - calling for more USA troops in the terror fight and suggesting President Trump already has broad authority to order missile strikes on Syria. "And saying we are only going after chemical weapons areas ignores the enormity of the problem".

In the aftermath of the USA strike, Russian Federation pledged to help strengthen Syria's air defenses. For that to happen, he said, "this oppressive Assad needs to go".

SOHR said 15 people, including four children, were killed in Hneida attack.

Lavrov said the United States "attack on a country whose government fights terrorism only plays into the hands of extremists, [and] creates additional threats to regional and global security", according to a statement put out by the Russian foreign ministry.

A United States military official told CNN the Pentagon was examining specifically whether a Russian warplane had bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun five hours after the initial chemical attack, with the aim of destroying evidence.

The move immediately prompted a backlash from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said it would damage US-Russian relations. As I said, again, taking this action, I support and was important.

"This act goes far beyond just Syria, because, clearly, Russian Federation supports the legal Syrian government and takes part to a certain scale in this conflict".

In this image released by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea on April 7, 2017.

"It can be whatever they wanted to be", McMaster said.

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