Trump says missile strikes against Syria in USA "vital interest"

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It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president.

Some 60 Tomahawk missiles were launched from US Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But after the April 4 sarin attack by Syria, but before the U.S. retaliatory strike, Tillerson said the administration was devising a plan to remove Assad from power.

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, after the USA fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria.

Twenty-seven children were among the dead, and Turkey believes victims were exposed to the nerve agent sarin. "It was a slow and brutal death for so many", the president said. Even handsome babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.

Mr Tillerson said he believed the strike was a "proportionate" response, and U.S. officials have a high degree of confidence that sarin nerve gas was used in the chemical attack.

Tillerson said that the chemical attack "violates all previous UN resolutions, violates worldwide norms and long-held agreements between parties, including the Syrian regime, the Russian government, and all other members of the UN Security Council".

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"The United States wants to stir up a big fire in the Middle East and by launching 59 cruise tactical missiles they added fuel to the flame", he added, as cited by RIA. Shayrat Airfield was used to store chemical weapons and Syrian air forces.

Washington has blamed Assad's forces for the attack that killed scores of people in rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.

Trump called on all civilized nations to join the United States in seeking an end to the slaughter in Syria, and to end the threat terrorism poses in the blighted nation. He went on to describe Al-Assad as a "Dictator" who had launched a chemical attack on innocent civilians.

Indonesia has expressed concern over an airstrike on Syria that was ordered by United States President Donald Trump in response to a chemical attack in the war-torn country.

The army said Friday's US attack "sends the wrong messages to the terrorist organizations and makes them go further in using chemical weapons in the future whenever they face big losses on the battlefield".

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson said Russian Federation had "failed" to deliver its commitment to secure Syria's chemical weapons, saying it had been either complicit or "simply incompetent". Syrian state TV called them acts of "aggression".

The Tomahawk missile strike destroyed portions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military infrastructure.