Are Donald Trump's Airstrikes on Syria Legal?

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While previous initiatives of this kind were presented as efforts to combat terrorism, now they are clearly an act of aggression against a sovereign Syria.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.

"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him", Haley said.

Senior military officials say the U.S.is looking into whether Russian Federation participated in Syria's chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

His decision to strike Syrian government forces is a particularly notable shift for Trump, who in the past had repeatedly said he wanted better relations with Moscow, including to cooperate with Russian Federation to fight Islamic State.

"We don't yet know what goals Washington wanted to achieve by deciding to carry out these strikes, but it is unequivocally clear that the strikes were de facto carried out in the interests of Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations", said Peskov.

A U.S. official, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity, reported of a Russian or Syrian drone seen hovering over the site of Tuesday's attack and was seen again later as citizens scampered into a nearby hospital for treatment. The hospital was reportedly bombed shortly afterwards in what may have been a bid to cover up the attack.

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The runways at the airfield were not a target of the airstrikes, said Davis, noting that they can be easily repaired.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Amid measured support for the US cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base, some vocal Republicans and Democrats are reprimanding the White House for launching the strike without first getting congressional approval.

Assad's government had been under mounting global pressure after the chemical attack, with even key ally Russian Federation saying its support is not unconditional.

He said, "Russia sits here today humiliated by its failure to bring to bear a puppet dictator entirely propped up by Russian Federation".

Sure, I'd seen the heartbreaking photos of children being killed in a reported gas attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

I'm not a historian on Syrian-U.S. relations; nor am I learned in all of the histrionics surrounding Russian ties to the Syrian government, but I did grow up in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s right around the time crack destroyed the city, and as such, I know bullshit when I hear it.

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Wait! Hol' up! The U.S. did what? "Anything to indicate that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable". Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC declared that Trump "confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action".

Abe added that the threat of weapons of mass destruction is becoming increasingly serious in East Asia as well - an apparent reference to North Korea, a neighbor of Japan. "I thought great. Alright, this is good", says the Syrian-American from Chicago, who now lives in Turkey.

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin believes the US strike is an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law". "European Union will work with the USA to end brutality in Syria". Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement, via Sputnik News.

"This is very risky", said Andrei Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a Moscow-based research group set up by the Kremlin.

Syria condemned a US missile strike on one of its air bases that killed seven people early Friday as an "aggression", while the Syrian opposition welcomed military action against President Bashar Assad after a chemical attack earlier this week killed over 80.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that "the Syrian regime bears the full responsibility for this development". Later, the tension subsided when Syria agreed to stop producing, stockpiling, or using chemical weapons.

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