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And to some, Trump appears to look strong - where others say his predecessor seemed weak.

"US forces also must strictly adhere to their obligations under global humanitarian law and take all possible measures to protect the civilian population when carrying out military action, including by refraining from using internationally banned weapons, such as cluster munitions". The U.S. missiles hit at 3:45 a.m. (0045 GMT) Friday morning and targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, U.S. officials said.

The Somerville Democrat repeatedly said he might support Trump in further military strikes, if the president consulted Congress. The missiles struck a Syrian military airfield.

Council members will hold an open meeting today and hear a briefing on the USA military action, the U.S. mission to the United Nations said.

"That changed last night", she said, referring to United States cruise missile strikes on a Syrian government airbase in retaliation for a poison gas attack allegedly by Assad's regime which killed 80 people, including children.

We didn't agree and anxious that it had more to do with Assad being a puppet regime of Russian Federation than anything else.

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin believes the US strike is an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law".

"The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said during an emergency Security Council session.

The fact that Syria apparently didn't is an embarrassment for the Kremlin. Moscow and Iran also criticized the strike.

Konashenkov's statement said the attack was a "gross violation" of a US-Russian memorandum aimed at avoiding clashes over Syria.

The chemical attacks on Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun were not the first time such weapons were used in the conflict, nor will they likely be the last.

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A survivor of the chemical attack told the AP he hopes the US missile attack puts an end to government airstrikes, creating a safe area for civilians.

On the orders of President Donald Trump, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from United States warships in the eastern Mediterranean.

"As always, the USA took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties and to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict".

There was a sense of caution among others - a feeling that the strikes won't achieve much at all. Pentagon officials echoed that sentiment on Friday, telling the AP that Russian Federation has failed to control the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin said United States strike violated worldwide law.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer shared a photo of the president on Twitter of Trump receiving a briefing from his National Security team.

The attack was the first conventional assault on another country ordered by the new president.

Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

Syria's army had earlier said six people were killed in the strike, without specifying if they were military personnel or civilians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed his support for the strike. He went on to state that Washington has not presented any evidence to back its allegation that Damascus was behind the chemical attack.

And it is that leeway that presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump have used to their advantage.

Turkey, which also is involved in the fighting, has long pushed for Assad's ouster.