White House won't rule out more Syria strikes

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British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said today it was the "right call" for the Americans to bomb the air base as retribiution for a "barbaric, immoral and illegal" act by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who he described as a Russian "proxy". "From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", said the alliance's joint command center. "Because if you're an adversary of the United States and you don't worry about what Trump may do on any given day, then you're insane".

Haley's comments came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told lawmakers he would look into stepping up sanctions on both countries, whose leadership supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who u.s. officials say is responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week.

Footage of people and children choking on the gas prompted outrage across the globe.

Iran, which has provided crucial military and political support to Assad, meanwhile called for a fact-finding mission to determine what caused the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

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But she played down suggestions that the United Kingdom government could ask parliament for a mandate to join future U.S. strikes against the al-Assad regime, after a previous vote that rejected military action.

But Trump also has faced some bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who have long insisted that presidents must seek congressional approval for acts of war.

Nonetheless, Trump told reporters following the launching of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from destroyers in the Persian Gulf: "There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council". The strike was the first time American forces targeted a Syrian government installation in the course of the war.

"By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", Fallon, whose government voiced support for US President Donald Trump's decision to target the Syrian air base, wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet counterparts from leading nations in Italy for talks on Monday focusing on pressuring Moscow to pull out of Syria and ending Bashar al-Assad's grip on power.

The Syrian government called the strikes "foolish and irresponsible", while Russian Federation accused the U.S. of "an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext".

Other than that, he added, "there is no change to our military posture" towards Syria. "Russian intelligence may not be as good as ours, but it's good enough to know the Syrians had chemical weapons, were using chemical weapons". Unleashing the horror of chemical weapons on women, children and the defenceless is not only utterly deplorable, but it is the mark of a craven coward.

The Kremlin said in a statement Rouhani also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone.

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Rouhani went on to reiterate Tehran's stance that the solution to Syria's crisis is a political, not military, one, and said it is necessary under the current circumstances to boost cooperation between Iran, Russia and Syria in the fight against violence and terror. The attack cemented Moscow more closely than ever to the notorious Syrian autocrat.

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