>> Before the US launched strikes in Syria, Reuters has learned behind the scenes there was deep disagreement between President Trump and his military leaders over how large scale the attack should be. Reuters, Deputy Foreign Policy Editor, Yara Bayoumy.>> We understand that Trump had been asking for a more aggressive response.
Which might include also going after Russian and Iranian targets in Syria. But we also understand that military advisors had warned against taking too aggressive a response. Experts say Trump's push for more aggressive strikes is in conflict with his own state of desire to pull some 2,000 US troops out of Syria by the end of the year.
On the Syrian side, a source told Reuters that Russia warned President Bashar al-Assad government about the air strikes. The US said it did not share strike details with Russia, but used normal so-called deconfliction channels to ensure clear airspace for the attack. What we've seen from the strike is that it appeared quite restrained in terms of what it targeted They were targets that were completely limited to serious chemical weapons program and is very much unlikely to A, alter the course of this civil war.
Or B, affect Assad's control on Syria.>> But despite substantial air defenses around Damascus, the U.S. military on Saturday said that, it's missile had hit every target. In it's address to the nation, Trump vowed a sustained campaign to stop Assad's use of banned weapons. A promise likely to only deepen U.S. involvement in Syria for now,