Britain Braces for Possible Russian Retaliation Over Syria Strikes

Syrian soldiers hold their weapons as they dance and chant slogans against U.S. President Trump during demonstrations following a wave of U.S. British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civi

Britain Braces for Possible Russian Retaliation Over Syria Strikes

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson defended the strikes, saying Britain had a duty to show Syria had not "got away" with using chemical weapons.

Merkel says the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the global rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

"I don't think [their chemical weapons] capability will have been affected significantly at all", Bronk said.

The European Union Commission's president says those who rely on chemical warfare must be held to account by the world.

The U.S. has raised the prospect of more sanctions against Russian Federation.

In a conference call with reporters on Saturday, senior U.S. administration officials said they had a large volume of clear and compelling information, both of chemical weapons use and of President Bashar al-Assad's culpability in the attack.

"We were happy in the beginning when we heard that President Trump was going to take action", says Suzanne Sahloul from the Syrian Action Network.

Speaking with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, the former SC governor defended the us, United Kingdom and France partnership that saw the three countries launch more than 100 missiles at three separate targets in Syria.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US -led invasion of Iraq. "Mission Accomplished!" he declared.

Meanwhile, Trump on April 15 informed Congress in writing of his decision to order US missile strikes against Syria.

Demonstrators gathered in major cities across Iraq on Sunday to protest US -led airstrikes against Syria in protests called for by Muqtada Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who led the Mehdi Army that fought USA forces after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003. "All these states should leave us alone", she said.

"When our president draws a red line, the president enforces the red line", she said, a clear rebuke of Mr. Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, who in 2013 declined to retaliate against Syria after a chemical weapons attack even though he had called the use of such weapons "a red line".

On Sunday, Syria's state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast interviews with almost a dozen doctors and medics who said they found no trace of poison gas in Douma. "Please be assured", Macron said in his interview, "we've convinced him that we had to stay on in the long term".

Asked about Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that Trump's plans for the region have not changed.

The White House says the USA mission in Syria has not changed, reiterating that President Donald Trump wants American troops home "as quickly as possible".

Russian Federation has condemned the allied strikes on Sunday but refrained from responding to the attack on its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Responding to Haley's remarks about the plans for new sanctions, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of the defense committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said Moscow was ready for the penalties, according to RIA news agency.

Syrian forces recaptured the area from rebels over the weekend.

The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered.

"There are no United States or Coalition operations in that area [Homs]".

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. "They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", she explained.

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