US Missile Strikes in Syria Trigger Protests in San Francisco

Tillerson and others in the administration have taken pains to insist that the fundamental US approach to Syria has not changed, a sign that there's no plan to keep raining American missiles on the Assad regime for now.

Johnson made the decision after consulting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over how to handle the fallout from an American missile attack on a Syrian airfield in response to a suspected sarin gas attack that killed at least 80 people, according to the Telegraph.

The Syrian regime, a close Russian ally, reportedly carried out a brutal chemical weapons attack on a hospital Tuesday, murdering innocent women and children.

Administration officials insisted Friday that their overall policy hadn't changed and that the strike was only meant to convey that chemical weapons are unacceptable.

The foreign ministers of the seven most powerful industrial countries are scheduled to meet on April 10-11 in Italy preparing for the high-level leaders' summit in Italy later in May to discuss issues concerning global peace and security.

The Syrian opposition has long criticised the United States for failing to protect rebel-held areas from government air strikes, demanding the creation of a no-fly zone or the provision of anti-aircraft weapons to rebel groups.

The missile strike on a Syrian airbase came just days before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Moscow, and the implications could be wide-ranging for Trump's relationship with Russian Federation, which kept its push-back largely rhetorical.

The recent strikes by the Trump administration signal a "seriousness of purpose" that could provide some much-needed diplomatic leverage over Syria, Russia and Iran, she said.

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But the agenda is now likely to be dominated by last week's suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held Syrian town that killed at least 87 civilians, and the USA cruise missiles fired at a Syrian air base in retaliation.

Neutral countries should investigate whether a chemical weapon was used, and if used, its source should be found, Rouhani said.

She said: "The United States took a very measured step last night".

London and Washington agreed that while Mr Tillerson would head into meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Mr Johnson will drum up support among G7 nations to address Russia's actions in Syria ahead of Tuesday's meeting of the group.

But Trump abruptly changed his stance toward Syria.

Before the strikes, USA military officials said they informed their Russian counterparts of the impending attack. The British have "no real influence", Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

Back in 2013, when then-President Barack Obama weighed attacking Assad over far deadlier chemical weapons assaults, Trump publicly urged him not to.

Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said on Twitter that the strikes "should they continue, would kick off a correct start in combating terrorism".

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