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Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria was ‘staged,’ UK had ‘direct involvement

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm US national interests, defeating the Islamic State group and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing. "If earlier they used to say they were punishing us for Ukraine, now the wording has been changed dramatically".

Russia and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and 'act of aggression.' The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the aggression by the three Western allies.

Following up Friday night's attack on Syria with new Russian sanctions virtually ensures a quick Russian retaliation.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on ABC's This Week that while the airstrikes on Syria were proportional and justifiable, they don't "solve the problem that we do not have an overall comprehensive strategy for dealing with Syria".

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the site of the suspected gas attack in Douma on April 7, which medical relief organisations say killed dozens of people.

Amrita Sen from Energy Aspects said that in spite of Middle Eastern tensions and looming new United States sanctions on Iran, oil had outperformed most expectations this year and may have rallied too far too fast.

Assad reportedly told the lawmakers that last week's joint military strike by the US, Britain and France against his country was an act of aggression.

Addressing told the council, Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said. "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC, adding that Russian Federation was the only country able to pressure Assad to negotiate an end to the conflict.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

Russian military police had been deployed in Douma, raising complaints from the Syrian opposition that evidence of chemical weapons use might no longer be found.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group that has hundreds of fighters backing Assad's forces, said the airstrikes failed to "terrorize or break the spirits" of Syria and its allies.



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