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On Friday, hours after the USA missile strike, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Western allegations were "bogus". Syria's army had earlier said six people were killed in the strike, without specifying if they were military personnel or civilians.

"We will respond strongly to any aggression on Syria", the two Syrian allies said in a joint statement that flashed in a banner on Syrian state television.

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

"US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific", said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command.

U.S. officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes on and avoided hitting Russian personnel. "So this makes us more afraid".

The ship, equipped with state-of-the-art missiles, had been on exercises in the Black Sea.

Meantime, the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a priority for Donald Trump, says the US Ambassador to the UN.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN that until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is out of power, she doesn't see a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

The South Carolina Republican and military hawk is calling for as many as 6,000 more USA troops to help defeat the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East.

President Donald Trump ordered the strike in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier in the week, which USA officials say was carried out by the Assad government.

"This bad war has gone on for six long years".

"I have grave doubts as to whether he can have any continuing role in the settlement".

The White House late Friday refused to say whether its strike on Shayrat airbase was a one-off action or part of a new strategy created to hobble the military capabilities of President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow has been a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has defended it against claims of chemical weapons use in front of the U.N. Security Council. "It just - if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad".

Meanwhile, Syrian state media reported that Russian Federation and Iran are drawing red lines after the USA strike.

Assad's government has denied any involvement in the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province.

At least four civilians were killed.

"Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population and using the most heinous weapons available?'"

Senator Payne said Australia was already contributing significantly in advising and assisting personnel in Iraq.

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson had been due to visit Moscow on Monday but said on Saturday that he had cancelled his trip after developments in Syria.

"So if I were President Trump, I would go after Russian Federation through sanctions not only for interfering in our elections, but aiding and abetting the use of chemical weapons by a war criminal, Assad".

Only terrorists will benefit from the USA strikes on the Syrian airbase, Lavrov told Tillerson.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation called it one of the largest deployments from Russian Federation in decades.

'President Assad has now shown once more that he can not be trusted to protect his own people'.

Trump was at his Florida estate for his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It's not going to work, " Rubio said.

It was Tillerson who delivered the Trump administration's first blistering condemnation of Russian Federation in the hours after the strikes. This is the first time the United States has been a direct combatant against the Syrian regime.

United States officials said at least 20 jets were destroyed, as well as infrastructure.

Two US warships, the USS Ross and the USS Porter, fired 59 cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the targeted air base.

The Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494 crossed through the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea, according to an unnamed USA defence official who spoke to Fox News.

Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov said that the disappointment was "mutual" and suggested that Tillerson's comments were made to gain "leverage" in upcoming US-Russia talks.

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