He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that many of the more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over. The western powers have been infuriated to see that line crossed, and now feel they cannot stand by and watch it get erased altogether.
The U.N. agency demanded that it be given the "immediate, unhindered" ability to meet with people injured in the attack. He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying that care should be taken not to aggravate the situation in Syria. "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies". "We support serious approaches".
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"Good souls will not be humiliated", Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in Damascus, the capital, where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage. "We have failed to connect our anti-Isis operations to a strategy for the civil war and a route to a tenable peace". Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter).
CIA Director and secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo was also spotted at the White House on Wednesday.
Maxim Suchkov, a Russian political analyst, said Putin's motives in Syria are complicated by his overall goals in reasserting Moscow's goals on the world stage, making him ready to repeatedly raise the stakes.
Trump also has blamed supporters of Assad in Iran and Russia for the attack.
Mrs May had agreed with Mr Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron that a chemical weapons attack, believed to have been carried out by the Assad regime on Saturday and which killed 43 people, could not go unchallenged.
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Russia.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street.
The White House says President Donald Trump has decided not to attend a summit in South America this week to remain in the U.S.to manage the crisis.
Mr Macron indicted any potential air strike would target Syria's chemical weapon supplies.
The idea of a coordinated, punitive strike on Syria runs counter to the narrative put forth by a Russian diplomat, who on Wednesday said Russia would shoot down any US missiles headed for Syria and potentially retaliate.
An unidentified volunteer holds an oxygen mask over a child's face at a hospital fin Douma.
"Last year was about sending a signal", Stavridis said, referring to the April 2017 strike ordered by Trump.
A Russian newspaper reports that President Donald Trump is planning to tip off Russia's military before launching any attacks.
And while it can rule on whether chemical weapons were used, it has no authority to declare who deployed them. Damascus and Moscow refer to rebels fighting Assad as terrorists.
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