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A joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said yesterday the United States strike on a Syrian air base last week crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the USA missile attack on an air base as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar Assad from power. President Donald Trump, before his election, described fighting ISIS and seeking Assad's removal at the same time as "idiocy".

But as lawmakers called on Trump to consult with Congress on any future military strikes and a longer-term strategy on Syria, Trump administration officials sent mixed signals on the scope of United States involvement.

In her interview with CNN's "State of the Union", Haley said removing Assad from power was one of a number of priorities for the US.

"I was troubled by that because he basically said to Assad, I don't care how many people you kill and I don't care the means of their destruction -I don't care". And so what we're trying to do is obviously defeat the IS. It is easy to see why this decision was necessary, but we are right to wonder what will happen in the coming days.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that new actions could be taken against Syria. "I think what we should do is ask Russian Federation, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn't know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?" national security advisor H.R. McMaster told Fox News on Sunday.

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"If you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".

At a campaign rally in Waterloo, IA in September, Trump said: "We're going to start World War Three?"

"I think, as you saw with the strike, that there has to be a degree of simultaneous activity as well as sequencing of the defeat of ISIS first", McMaster said.

"The entire administration was in agreement that this was something that had to be done", Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out", Haley had told reporters on March 30. But in interviews broadcast Sunday, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Moscow because Russian Federation wasn't targeted.

And according to Washington Post reporting, the residents of Khan Sheikhoun - the Syrian town that was devastated by this week's deadly chemical weapons attack-were bombed again on Saturday.

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He added that the G7 meeting in Lucca, which continues on Tuesday, would discuss the possibility of sanctions against Syrian and Russian "military figures" involved in coordinating Syrian bombing.

The American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, claimed that the U.S. "took a very measured step" and added that "we are prepared to do more".

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday that Europe's broad support for the USA military strikes had contributed to a "renewed harmony" between the United States and its partners.

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

The Observatory said thermite had first been used in the Syrian conflict in June 2016 by the Syrian government.

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