U.S. officials say military hotline with Russian Federation remains open

U.S. officials say military hotline with Russian Federation remains open

"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children".

The U.S. attack on a Syrian air base Friday morning came after years of heated debate and deliberation in Washington over intervention in the bloody civil war.

Earlier, Homs governor Talal Barazi said seven people had been killed in the attack.

The United States and Russian Federation will maintain a hotline aimed at preventing midair collisions of their warplanes in Syria, senior US military officials said Friday, contradicting Moscow's claims that it has suspended the "deconfliction" talks in protest of America's cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base.

The foreign ministry said it was clear that the USA missile strikes were prepared before the Idlib incident. The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said. The strikes also risk thrusting the US deeper into an intractable conflict that his predecessor spent years trying to avoid.

Syrian state TV reported "American aggression targets Syrian military targets with a number of missiles".

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In a brief announcement in Florida where he started his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mr. Trump said: "On Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched a frightful chemical attack on innocent civilians using a deadly nerve agent".

The Tomahawk missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. officials say.

Major Jamil al-Saleh, a U.S-backed rebel commander whose Hama district in the country's center was struck by a suspected chemical weapons attack, said he hoped the US attack on a government air base would be a "turning point" in the six-year war. Trump issued a statement saying that the "heinous" actions of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government are the direct result of Obama administration's "weakness and irresolution".

He also said "it is in the vital national security interests of the United States to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons". The president did not announce the attacks in advance, though he and other national security officials ratcheted up their warnings to the Syrian government throughout the day Thursday.

"This clearly indicates the president is willing to take decisive action when called for", Tillerson said.

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