USA to impose new Russian Federation sanctions over Syria: Haley

Russian lawmakers met with Assad after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago.

"That is totally up to Assad", Haley said.

US President Donald Trump today defended his having hailed a US and allied strike in Syria as "Mission Accomplished".

· France said the strikes had destroyed a "large part" of Damascus' chemical weapons stock. Since the launch of more than 100 missiles, a war of words has ensued. He noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed in 2013 that Syria would give up all of its chemical weapons. "This time our allies and we have struck harder", Mattis said.

"Since the Syria crisis broke out, the country has been short of all kinds of medicines due to the sanctions from Western countries".

The military assault was a response to the chemical gas attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week in which 42 people reportedly died and many others, according to images and video, were left gasping for breath and foaming at the mouth. Haley and other Western diplomats have accused Russian Federation of trying to protect the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past U.S. reprisals, and the chemical itself is far easier to find and weaponize, experts say.

· Syrian state media said that three people had been injured, though Russian Federation reported no victims.

"The legal basis. would have to be self-defence or the authority of the UN Security Council". He said the allies acted without a United Nations mandate because of the "constant stalemate of the Russians" in the Security Council. "These courageous believers returned to their homes to be a light and many of them live in Homs and Damascus-near the targeted strikes", the statement explained. The resolution did not pass.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites. Users on Twitter couldn't help but draw a parallel to President George W. Bush, who announced the end of major combat operations on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in 2003.

'I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back.

In the USA, the President was slammed for his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished!' in a tweet following the airstrikes.

After failing to talk the USA out of bombing targets in Syria, Russia responded to Friday's strikes by saying they "threatened" Russia and warning of "consequences". The airstrikes were in response to the suspected April 7 chemical attack in Douma, a Damascus suburb. It was rejected by eight countries, including the US, UK, and France.

But Russia and Syrian authorities have disputed the assessment of the Pentagon, saying instead the vast majority of the incoming missiles were shot down by the country's military forces.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the Russians were warned "ahead of time" - despite claims from the Pentagon that Moscow was not notified.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said sidelining parliament was "a serious mistake", while leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas accused May of timing the strikes to "avoid a debate in parliament", which she described as "outrageous".

In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May sought to shore up global support for the strikes, calling on the leaders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Italy Germany, Australia and Canada, according to a statement from Downing Street.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC the primary objective of the attack was to "say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will be announcing those Monday, if he hasn't already", she added.

What information about the strike remains unclear? "We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can not allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons". Human rights groups have reported a number of other chemical attacks, but until Saturday Trump hadn't responded with military force again.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also refused to rule out more air strikes, during an interview on United Kingdom television Sunday.

  • Leroy Wright