UN Security Council to meet today on USA strikes in Syria

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada fully supports what he called the United States' "limited and focused action" in carrying out a missile strike on Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical weapons attack.

Captain Davis said the US notified Russian forces in the area ahead of the strike and that the military took precautions to "minimize risk" to Russian and Syrian troops at the airfield.

Launched from the USS Ross and USS Porter, the missiles hit a government-controlled airbase at 8:45 p.m. It is in this vital national security interest of the U.S. to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. The U.S. intelligence community assesses that aircraft from Shayrat conducted the chemical weapons attack on April 4.

She also urged the global community to intensify its support for the United Nations (UN) as a mediator and supported that the "UN agencies" carry out an "objective" investigation into the chemical attack in Syria.

"The Russians and the Iranians must now understand that they can not prop up Bashar al-Assad's regime.it can not go on, it makes no sense", Ayrault told France Info radio.

The Canadian government was briefed by the United States about the strikes before they were carried out, Trudeau told the House of Commons on Friday.

Widely circulated images online have shown the bodies of children, which appears to have pushed Trump and some of his top advisers to harden their position against Assad.

"The United Nations Security Council has been unable to protect civilians in Syria for the past six years".

The strike came as Trump was hosting Xi in meetings focused in part on another pressing United States security dilemma: North Korea's nuclear program. The attack on the Syrian air base could send a message to China that Trump isn't afraid to implement unilateral military steps.

It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president. "At the same time, Indonesia is concerned with unilateral actions by any parties, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, in responding to the chemical weapon attack tragedy in Syria", Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said in a text message.

Despite Barack Obama warning that a chemical weapons attack would mark the crossing of a red line in 2012, his administration ultimately pulled back from proposals to launch an offensive when reports of a deadly Sarin attack emerged in August 2013.

A suspected chemical attack took place in Syria this week.

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