US Missile Strike

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.

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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.