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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

US Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Syria After Missile Strikes

US Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Syria After Missile Strikes

Saudi Arabia is one of the most vehement opponents of Assad.

"You pick and choose your battles and when we're looking at this, it's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out", Haley had told reporters on March 30, just days before dozens of Syrian civilians died from chemical weapons injuries.

The White House says that Trump spoke with South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn about US strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by President Bashar Assad's government on civilians.

The White House is circulating a letter President Donald Trump sent to the leaders of both houses of Congress explaining his decision to order military strikes on a Syrian air field.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the USA strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated worldwide law.

A key test of whether the relationship can be salvaged comes next week when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson becomes the first Trump cabinet member to visit Russian Federation.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided Saturday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

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

The statement says King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz al-Saud agreed it "was a necessary response" to the chemical weapons attack by Bashar Assad's government, which killed dozens of civilians in rebel-led northern Idlib.

The death toll from the air strikes in Urum al-Joz was expected to rise, said the Observatory, a Britain-based organisation that reports on the war using a network of sources in Syria.

A United Kingdom government source said: "The important thing is that this is Britain helping to influence U.S. policy on Syria and Russian Federation, far from being a poodle".

"Therefore, we demand that all should retreat from this unsafe escalation we are monitoring", said the secretary-general of the 22-member Arab bloc based in Cairo.

Haley's latest comments jarred with remarks made by secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who said on Saturday that Washington's first priority is to defeat Isis.

The Turkish foreign minister, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the USA missile strikes were not enough. 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.

U.S. officials say about 20 planes were destroyed in Friday's attack on the Shayrat base. 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.

White House officials caution that Trump is not preparing to plunge the US deeper into Syria.

Still, the impact of the strikes was unclear.

Trump has received widespread support for the military action, taken to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad's government after the US concluded he used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.

Iran has provided crucial military and economic assistance to Assad throughout the six-year civil war.

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