Iran's Rouhani condemns USA attack on Syria, chides Gulf Arabs

Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town on Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the U.S. missile attack on an air base as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar Assad from power.

In Washington, Trump's sudden reversal of his previous policy eschewing conflict with the Assad government in Syria in favor of a U.S. military intervention centered on combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) drew vocal bipartisan support, particularly from Democrats who had previously demonized the administration for its alleged ties with Russian Federation.

The US launched Friday 59 missiles on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the suspected chemical weapon attack that killed dozens of civilians, including many children.

Mr Johnson told The Sun US president Donald Trump had shown "a resolve and willingness that has been sadly missing in the last few years" and warned the US could strike Syria again.

So far, the Russian military does not appear to have taken any threatening actions, such as directing its battlefield radar or air defense systems to confront the Americans, or carrying out aggressive actions in the skies, USA officials said.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said the United States was "prepared to do more" regarding military action in Syria if necessary.

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Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally al-Assad over the incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs.

In a speech on Sunday, Rouhani also criticised USA -allied Gulf Arab states for endorsing the US missile strike. He called the Assad government a main force against terrorism and said it deserved the presumption of innocence in the chemical weapons attack. But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use by the government since then. Syria's closest allies, Russian Federation and Iran, have defended Damascus against the allegations of chemical weapons use, with Moscow saying a conventional strike hit a rebel depot containing "toxic substances".

Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the US missile strikes.

In the Raqqa mission, U.S. Special Operations forces assisting Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters in their encirclement of the city, in eastern Syria, have also taken unspecified precautions against possible retaliatory attacks, military officials said.

At the same time, Tillerson and other top United States officials made clear that the U.S. objective was limited to deterring further chemical attacks, and not the start of a campaign to oust Assad. Johnson, who condemned Moscow's continued defense of Assad, said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians". British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on April 9 accused Russian Federation of being responsible "by proxy" for the death of the 87 civilians killed in the Khan Sheikhoun attack. "By proxy, Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", Fallon wrote in an opinion column published in The Sunday Times. "From now on, we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al-Harbi.

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