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.
Russia's deputy United Nations envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, warned earlier Thursday of "negative consequences" if the US carried out military strikes on Syria over the attack. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that seven Syrian officers were killed in the strikes, including a colonel.
"I want to say that I welcome this concrete step as positive", Erdogan, a longtime foe of President Bashar al-Assad, said in a rally in the southern city of Antakya just north of the Syrian border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday welcomed the USA strike on an airbase of the Syrian regime but said it was not enough and more action was needed.
The agency claimed that the civilians in villages near the Syrian airbase were killed in the USA strike.
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. "Canada condemns all uses of chemical weapons", Trudeau said today.
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Addressing the nation after ordering the attack, Trump said the strike was in the national security interest of the US.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned President Donald Trump for initiating missile attacks on al-Shayrat, a Syrian military airfield, Thursday night.
"Putin views the USA strikes on Syria as aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of worldwide law and on a made-up up pretext", Mr Peskov was cited as saying. "We should welcome Tillerson, exchange views and try and talk sense into Washington", Leonid Slutsky told the Russian Federation 24 television channel, Interfax reported.
On Thursday, Mr Trump said that "something should happen" in relation to Assad because the chemical attack was a "disgrace to humanity". "The use of chemical weapons against innocent people will not be tolerated".
Nigel Farage has turned on ally Donald Trump following the United States airstrikes in Syria. "We hope there are not many victims and martyrs".