Former White House official said not getting hostage journalist back was "one of my biggest failures under the Trump administration."
The Syrian man who sought asylum in Germany was running for a spot in the Bundestag in the Green Party.
Both the United States and Russia are active in Syria's decade-long war, and they see each other as a primary obstacle for peace as the country's crisis deepens even further for everyday citizens.
After 10 years of war, a new enemy has emerged in Syria: widespread hunger and poverty.
Why should America spend its blood and treasure on war, while China reaps the benefits of friendship and peace?
"In the past 10 years, Syria has been injured by illegal invasion and foreign occupation and maimed by terrorism and unilateral sanctions," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
Rockets landed at the Al-Balad airbase north of Baghdad late on Monday, hours after Iran denied involvement in recent attacks.
"We sincerely hope that the new administration will try to rethink previous strategies on Syria," the Russian embassy told Newsweek. "It is important to cease the cruel sanction campaign against the Syrian people and put an end to illegal military presence in the Arab Republic."
American and European governments have failed to match their rhetoric on human rights with action to protect civilians.
"As for Syria, the policy of the European Union and the policy of 'ISIS' are two sides of the same coin, which is the American coin," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan said days before the 10-year anniversary of his country's civil war.
Russia finds itself on the opposite side of the U.S. on several major issues in the Middle East, but has shored up ties with wealthy Arab states.
Tit-for-tat attacks in Iraq and Syria risk undermining Biden's efforts to revive the nuclear deal with Tehran.
The 55-year old dictator and his wide are both "in good health and in stable condition," according to the president's office.
The White House sought no congressional permission for the strike, as the Constitution requires.
"If we assess a further response is warranted, we will take action, again, in a manner and time of our choosing," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "and we reserve that option."
A U.S. strike on Syria "sends a negative signal of the new administration's policies and its persistent endeavor to implement the law of force instead of the force of law," Damascus' mission to the United Nations told Newsweek.
Israel has accused Iran of a fresh attack on commercial shipping in the Gulf of Oman as the U.S. and Iran remain in a nuclear stalemate.
It is reasonable to still be skeptical of the administration's payoffs to the criminal Iranian regime.
"I worry that we're entering a time where anti-democracy forces will see value in developing new kinds of chemical weapons, and—noting the disruptive impact of COVID-19—perhaps biological weapons."
"Someone had launched a major chemical weapons attack on the suburbs, no more than 5 miles from his hotel. They had killed and injured scores of civilians, and perhaps more...And it happened at the precise moment when a body of U.N. experts was present in Syria to document the deed."
Biden approved airstrikes on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia fighters in Syria in retaliation for a rocket attack on American troops in Iraqi Kurdistan.
"Congress must be fully briefed on this matter expeditiously," Kaine said after the Biden administration's first military action since taking office.
A U.S. strike killed at least 22 pro-Iran militia fighters on Thursday close to the Iraq-Syria border.
U.S. forces struck Iranian-backed militia targets in Syria Thursday in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on an Iraqi military base earlier this month.
The U.S. attacked Iranian-backed militias in Syria on Thursday in retaliation for attacks on U.S. and allied troops in Iraq earlier this month.
"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement sent to Newsweek.