Fallon: Russia responsible for 'every death' in Syria gas attack


The regional alliance said the U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian base which Washington said was involved in a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians would not deter their forces from "liberating" all of Syrian territory.

The US missile strikes on the Syrian airbase drew support from many nations, including United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

"The American strikes did nothing for us".

"It's time for (Russian President) Vladimir Putin to face the truth about the tyrant he is propping up", Johnson said, according to a foreign ministry spokeswoman.

The strike had potential repercussions for USA relations with Russian Federation and for the security of US, coalition and partner forces on the ground in Syria. "It is necessary to make it absolutely clear that such USA military action is unacceptable to us", the spokeswoman added.

"If you gas a baby or drop a barrel bomb onto innocent people, you will see a response from President Donald Trump", Spicer said.

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"The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or rearm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest".

Either way, without Russian support the Assad regime will continue to operate nearly as it has since this pitiless civil war began. Johnson, who condemned Moscow's continued defense of Assad, said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians". "This place will serve as an inspiration to us all".

He said a solution could only come about if Mr Assad quit as president.

"As the president has repeatedly made clear, he will not be telegraphing his military responses", the official said. "This has absolutely nothing to do with attempts to find out what happened to the chemical weapons", Zakharov said.

On Saturday, one woman was killed in a suspected Russian airstrike on Khan Sheikhoun, the Observatory said.

American officials had predicted that the missile strike would result in a major shift in Assad's calculus, but the U.S. attack appeared to be symbolic in reality. After months of allegations of ties between his election campaign and the Kremlin - the subject of current congressional and FBI investigations - Trump has found himself clashing with Putin.

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It said Mr Lavrov and his United States counterpart agreed to continue discussions on Syria in person.

On Friday, senior US military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted. Administration officials have said the attack successfully destroyed refuelling stations, hangars and some planes.

The shift in posture reflects a decision by U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who leads U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, to bolster protection for U.S. forces in case Syria decides to retaliate. At the same time, Tillerson said Assad's fate would be decided by the Syrian people.

The missile strikes on al-Shayrat airfield in Homs showed the lack of any coherent foreign policy by the Trump administration, according to global relations experts.

Until the promise of retaliation was published, Russian officials had been very careful in their condemnation of the USA attack, claiming that it violated worldwide law, among other things, but not threatening action against the United States.

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