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Coming closer to embracing regime change in Syria, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said that with President Bashar al-Assad in power, Syria will not know peace, CNN reported Sunday.

In this handout provided by the U.S. Navy, The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 7, 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive United States actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Iran, the Middle East's main Shiite Muslim powerhouse, is viewed as a risky rival by several of the region's Sunni-dominated governments, including Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states. It was also unclear on Saturday morning where the strikes had been launched from. He did launch airstrikes in Syria a year later as part of the US military campaign against the Islamic State.

In the hours leading up to Trump's decision to order the strikes, Tillerson was among the most forward-leaning of Trump's top aides in suggesting the USA would deliver an "appropriate response".

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While the timing was largely coincidental, the fact that US President Donald Trump ordered the strike while hosting a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping carried particular resonance given that the North's nuclear ambitions - and how best to thwart them - was among the top agenda items of their meeting.

Davis added later that "i$3 nitial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure and equipment at Shayrat Airfield, reducing the Syrian Government's ability to deliver chemical weapons".

USA envoy to United Nations says Washington hopes future action will not be necessary after "measured" step.

Shortly after the U.S.attack, Obama's National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor, reissued Trump's 2013 tweet demanding Obama get congressional approval.

Many human rights activists and anti-Assad advocates interpreted that to mean the USA would not work to oust the authoritarian leader. Earlier, U.S. military officials had said they were looking into whether Russian Federation participated, possibly by using a drone to help eliminate evidence afterward.

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But Mr. Putin did not make his own public denunciation of the American attack.

Obama warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he would retaliate militarily after a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of people near Damascus.

The decision was made after consultation with Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, about how to deal with the developing situation on Friday night.

"The Russians were never targeted in this particular strike", Tillerson said.

Trump placed part of the blame for the recent chemical attack on the former Democratic president, saying it was a "consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution".

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Eighty-six people including at least 27 children died in Khan Sheikhun in an attack the United States has blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson is arriving at a fragile point in U.S. -Russia relations, where he will have to confront the Kremlin's anger over the missile strikes in Syria along with suspicion at home that Moscow may have been complicit in the Syrian government's chemical weapons attack.