Syria chemical attack: inspectors unable to access Douma site

UK joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

UK joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

The airstrikes received extreme backlash from Russian Federation, an ally of Assad's regime.

Sunday's notification followed much the same format, claiming that he president has broad authority as commander-in-chief to commit USA forces to protect national interests. "Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition". "We convinced him to remain". "The strategy failed. It must be time for a new one". Critics have complained that the strikes preempted the probe by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the alleged attack on April 7.

Earlier, Syrian state media broadcast what it said were images of hundreds of Syrians celebrating their government's successful interception of most of the missiles launched into Syria early Saturday by the United States, Britain and France.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", Mr Antonov said.

Haley told CBS' Face the Nation that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will announce details of the sanctions Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week his country had sent experts to the site and found "no trace" of chemical weapons use. This doesn't mean, however, that they are ready to accept [that]. "When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it has to come down somewhere".

University of Chicago political science professor Robert Pape doesn't think the airstrikes will make much difference and may put US troops at risk for retaliation. The legislation also called Putin out on human rights abuses.

The officials said that while the available information is much greater on the chlorine use, they also had significant information that also points to use of sarin, which is a nerve agent.

She authorized the strikes without parliamentary backing and it's not clear she would have got it if she'd sought it. Parliament refused United Kingdom participation in a planned punitive raid on Syria in 2013, one of the reasons then-U.S. President Barack Obama called it off.

The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

He said "ten days ago President Trump wanted to withdraw from Syria". Haley stressed the USA was "not looking for war" and "not looking to kill people".

Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the joint chiefs of staff, said the strikes struck "the heart of the Syrian chemical weapons programme" and dealt it "a very serious blow".

Piazza said further, limited airstrikes are possible in Syria.

That's a problem if President Trump's previous goal of leaving Syria is ever to be realized.

The White House, mired in controversies, is not likely to pursue Assad too aggressively, Piazza said. "Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution", they said. "With support from Russian Federation and Iran".

Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said. US officials said they gave Russian Federation no specific warnings of the attacks or the targets, but used the usual hotline with Moscow's military to ensure the airspace was clear.

She said Russian Federation had blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. "The President has been clear that he wants U.S. forces to come home as quickly as possible", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.

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