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There's been "no change" to the US military stance in Syria beyond the missile strike in retaliation for the Assad government's use of chemical weapons on its citizens, yet the action carries a message for other countries acting outside worldwide norms, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

"The United States took a very measured step last night", Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council, after a missile strike on a Syrian air base.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said defeating Islamic State is still the priority in Syria. "So that means regime change is now the policy of the Trump administration".

The Russia-Iran joint command said on Sunday that the U.S. military presence in northern Syria, where Washington is aiding its Kurdish and Arab allies against the Islamic State group, was an "illegal occupation".

US President Donald Trump ordered the strikes after he blamed Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

After previous gas attacks in Syria which the West blamed on the Assad regime, Mr Putin made a deal with former-President Barack Obama to scrap Syria's arsenal of deadly chemical weapons. Is this a one-off retaliation attack to send a warning against any future use of chemical weapons?

"We do not feel that we need dialogue with London any more than it does".

"Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said.

Tillerson is heading to Lucca, Italy, for a two-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers that starts Monday, and he will continue from there to Moscow for meetings with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, and other Russian officials.

Tillerson stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of direct involvement in planning or carrying out the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest Moscow was an accomplice to Assad. Secondly, we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.

Moscow on Sunday also slammed Britain after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a trip over Russian support for Assad.

But instead of regime change, what we should focus on is humanitarian relief ...

US -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more USA intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group.

In the southern city of Daraa, jets believed to be Russian escalated strikes on Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups on Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to roll back their gains in the Manshiya district where battles have been raging for almost two months.

"We're hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions" between the Assad government and various rebel groups.

"Given repeated Russian blocking in the United Nations security council, the USA was determined to act", Fallon said, adding President Trump made "the right call by resorting to careful and narrowly focused military action".

US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) fires a tomahawk land attack missile in Mediterranean Sea which US Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017.

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the USA -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children. "And so we would want to appeal rationally to Russian Federation - this is a great opportunity for the Russian Federation leadership to re-evalute what they're doing".

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