Trump advisers: US seeks to fight IS and oust Syria's Assad

But in the aftermath of the attack, Trump ordered the strike targeting the Shayrat air base in central Syria's Homs province with 59 Tomahawk missiles.

White House officials caution that Trump is not preparing to plunge the USA deeper into Syria.

If it becomes clear that the Syrians and Russians will not follow their sharp criticism of the operation with significant military action, the pace of USA airstrikes against Islamic State forces in Syria can be quickly increased.

The US and United Kingdom are expected to tell Russian Federation it must stop supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and instead help with drawing up a plan to rebuild the country.

The UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled his trip to Moscow due on April 10 because of the changed situation in Syria, the Foreign Office said in a communique published on Saturday, according to TASS. Trump is weighing next steps after ordering airstrikes last week. "We should not be focusing on Syria", Trump told Reuters in an interview last October.

Rouhani called on Saturday for an impartial investigation of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria which killed at least 70 people, and he warned that the USA strikes in response risked escalating extremism in the region.

"Part of the discussions when I visit Moscow next week is to call upon Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian government to fulfill the obligation it made to the worldwide community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons and why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me".

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But the Penguins regained their composure and pushed back hard during the second period to tie the score at 3-3. After a Penguins turnover, Atkinson skated in on Fleury, dragged the puck in front and fired a low backhander.

The chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday triggered a United States missile attack two days later that struck a Syrian air base in central Syria killing nine people.

Haley again took a swipe at Russian Federation for failing to rein in its ally and said Moscow must reconsider its support for Assad.

Russian Federation swiftly condemned last week's attack.

The day after U.S. warships rained some 60 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian government airbase, USA officials made it clear that this unilateral and criminal attack against an oppressed former colonial country is merely the first shot in what is to be an escalating and widening campaign of American military aggression. "What we are saying is other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions".

Trump said that he was writing to keep Congress informed "consistent with the War Powers Resolution", a 1973 measure mandating the president to notify Congress of military action. "We were fully justified in doing so", she said. "We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary". Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack.

"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", said removing Assad from power would require the United States to commit thousands more troops to the country to create safe-haven areas for the opposition to regroup, retrain and ultimately take control of the country.

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