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US plans fresh sanctions on Moscow as Johnson defends Syria strikes

The strikes, in collaboration with the USA and France, are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Even though the OPCW team was not allowed in, the Syrian authorities organised a tour of the town for the foreign press, including AFP. Could not have had a better result. Weeks later, it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency, and USA forces remained in the country for years.

On "Fox News Sunday", Haley said the term "mission accomplished" had different definitions in military and political circles.

Germany didn't join the United States, Britain and France in the strikes, though Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the attack "necessary and appropriate".

President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Monday it was ready to cooperate and facilitate the work of the OPCW team, but did not say when they would go to the site.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman.

It remains to be seen if Russian Federation will eventually move to align Syria with the 2013 agreement.

A total of 76 missiles were launched on the Barzah site, according to Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Department of Defense Joint Staff Director.

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base.

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Macron added that the Russians are "accomplices" of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime because they blocked the U.N. Security Council. He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

Syria state TV, however, claimed that three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air-defense systems.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons.

In contrast, a year after Mr. Trump responded to an apparent chemical weapons attack with a missile attack, apparently Syria did it again.

On Sunday, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of the three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

Pic: DigitalGlobe via APThe Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on Friday, April 13, 2018, ahead of a US -led allied missile attack. That did not mean military strikes would continue; in fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were now planned.

Russian Federation told the United Nations last Friday that its experts found no trace of "toxic substance use" during their investigation in Douma.

The Trump administration warned that any use of chemical weapons would trigger another attack.

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Trump had said Friday that the U.S. is "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

When asked whether the UK had communicated with Russian Federation ahead of the strikes, May said: "This is not something that the United Kingdom has been involved in". He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a US military response. Seven years into the civil war and with an estimated 500,000 dead, how did we get here?

"This is hard to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.

Russia's military said Syrian air defense units downed 71 of the missiles. But the description from an ally put things differently.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the United States, tweeted on Friday that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Peter Wilson, the UK's OPCW envoy, has told the watchdog body that failure to act in Syria will cause "further barbaric use of chemical weapons. Unfettered access essential. Russian Federation and Syria must cooperate".

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Mr. Trump said.

The draft text "condemns the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the United States and its allies in violation of global law and the UN Charter".

"This is not a change in USA policy", said chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

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