Five things to know about the U.S. airstrikes in Syria

European Union Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter, the "U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks".

"Now we must move to a new phase: a drive toward a political solution to this horrific conflict".

"As Syrians", she said, "we never wanted the situation to get to this point". For libertarians and others in both parties, Trump's unilateral attack raises troubling questions.

As Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down to dinner at the Florida resort, US warships in the eastern Mediterranean launched their missiles at 7:40 p.m.

About 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in retaliation for the attack that America believes Syrian government aircraft launched with the nerve agent sarin mixed with chlorine gas.

In a shift in Washington's strategy, USA missiles hit a Syrian air base last week in retaliation for what the United States and its allies said was a poison gas attack by Syria's military in which scores of civilians died.

Earlier this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the facts behind the attack had to be clearly established so that those responsible could be held accountable.

"I want to emphasise that this is, of course, an act of aggression under a far-fetched pretext". I hope these provocations will not lead to some kind of irreversible consequences.

As of Friday afternoon, there were no plans for further strikes, according to administration and USA military officials. On Tuesday, the day of the chemical attack on Idlib, White House press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated it. Rand Paul's statement on the U.S. missile strikes.

Even if it's proved that Assad ordered this attack, an global response of severe sanctions and diplomacy would be a far more effective deterrent than missile strikes, with their inevitable civilian casualties.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Sir Michael also said Russian Federation must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians. The Trump administration also told allies that the decision had been meant to deter future use of chemical weapons, and not to start a prolonged air campaign against Assad.

SALEH HAWA: Right now, things are different. "The world is waiting for Russian Federation to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad". America is now ready to act. Having threatened to upend the one-China policy, Trump wound up meekly affirming it in a phone call with President Xi Jinping. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack and ordered his national security team to swiftly prepare military options. And Trump has used that same authority to continue military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Shortly after the regime's chemical attack, a small, unmanned aerial vehicle - "either [Syrian] regime or Russian" - was seen over the local hospital as victims were being rushed there for care, an official said.

"The United States took a very measured step last night", Haley said. Had that not been done first, we would have seen an terrible lot more die from chemical weapons. Now, President Donald Trump must make it abundantly clear what his strategy and goals are.

Mr Fallon said Vladimir Putin's Kremlin was to blame "by proxy" because it was the Syrian president's "principal backer".