Syria Gas Attack

UN to examine blame for Syria gas attack

The fact-finding mission by chemical weapons watchdog Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded Sarin, a banned nerve agent, was used in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province was the deadliest in Syria in more than three years. It prompted a retaliatory US missile strike against a Syrian air base the US said had launched the attack.

The OPCW, which is based in The Hague, reached that conclusion after interviewing witnesses and examining samples.

Russia sends warship to region amid feud with US

Russian state media reported that the frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, would call at a logistics base at Tartus, Syria. Russia also pledged to help strengthen Syria's air defenses after the US strike on the Shayrat airbase in western Syria.

Syria war: US 'disappointed' at Russia's Syria stance

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the US missile strikes early on Friday.

Syria's ally Russia accused the US of encouraging "terrorists" with its unilateral actions.

"I'm disappointed in that response," said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"It indicates their continued support for the Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people.

"So I find it very disappointing, but, sadly, I have to tell you, not all that surprising," he added.

UN holds emergency talks after US Syria attack

Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged restraint as Russia accused the US of encouraging "terrorists" in the region with its unilateral actions.

US investigates possible Russia role in Syria chemical attack

The Pentagon is looking for any evidence that the Russian government knew about or was complicit in the attack in Idlib province that killed at least 80 people and injured dozens more, a senior US defense official said.

US Syria strike a 'one-off'

It is the first direct US military action against Syria and its leader, Bashar al-Assad.

The attack against an air base in the west of the country comes in response to more than 80 civilian deaths from chemical weapons in a rebel-held town.

The Pentagon said it fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at 4.40am (about 1.40pm NZT) from destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missile strikes killed at least four soldiers at the airbase.

The images that moved President Trump to act

The images moved people around the world to call for action. In Washington, they moved a President to make a tough decision -- to strike the alleged perpetrators -- a senior administration official told CNN.

"No child of God should ever suffer such horror," President Donald Trump said Thursday night after ordering the US military to strike an airfield in Syria with more than 50 cruise missiles.

Twenty-six children were among the more than 80 people killed in Tuesday's attack.

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Syria chemical 'attack': Father grieves for nine-month-old twins

Abdulhameed Alyousef originally thought his nine-month-old twins Aya and Ahmed were unaffected by the air strike and left them with their mother Dalal while he went to help relatives nearby.

But later he found out that all three had died in the incident.

"I left Ahmed and Aya in good health," he said through tears in an interview.

"Why did this happen? I thought they were OK. Now they are gone."