US Seeks to Fight Islamic State, Oust Syria's Assad

His comments come on the same day that United States Ambassador Nikki Haley claimed that the USA does not see a "peaceful Syria" if Assad is in power. Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with the Assad government and has been implicated in numerous attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule, though Moscow adamantly denies such claims.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McMaster said the United States would take further action in Syria if necessary. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of the US strike, Rouhani's office said April 9.

"Regime change is something that we think is going to happen", she said.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Russian Federation of "failing" to "live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements" in relation to the current situation in Syria.

They said the countries will not be deterred from "liberating" Syria.

"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines".

A joint command centre representing his Russian, Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies said the US attack would only cause them to redouble their support for the Syrian government. Activist Alaa Al-Youssef said that the strike which killed a woman hit a residential neighbourhood.

Tillerson said defeating the Islamic State group remains the top focus.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive United States actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said yesterday.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow would demand a United Nations investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria as it expected new provocations with toxic agents in the war-torn Middle East country. The missile strikes catapulted Washington into confrontation with Russian Federation, which has advisers on the ground aiding its close ally Assad.

Asked about reports that Syria's government began conducting bombings using the same base struck by the US on Thursday, McMaster pushed back. "Assad must go and the search for stability, to begin".

On Sunday, Russia's Foreign Ministry criticised a decision by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to cancel a visit to Moscow later this month, saying it showed a lack of understanding of events in Syria.

Amid rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, Johnson said Saturday the situation in war-torn Syria had "fundamentally" changed following a chemical weapons attack on civilians and the US airstrikes targeting a military airfield. Haley, for example, questioned why Moscow rushed to Syria's defense so soon after the chemical weapons attack.

More than a 100 civilians were killed and 500 injured in an alleged chemical attacks by the Syrian regime on the city of Khan Sheikhon.

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