United States image at risk in Middle East after Syria bombings

President Putin has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council

President Putin has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Alexey Nikolsky Sputnik Kremlin

"Furthermore, there were clearly attempts to block any proper investigation, as we saw with the Russian veto at the United Nations earlier in the week".

The move signaled the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation that hit sites Western officials said were linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme. Moscow slammed the joint United Nations and OPCW inquiry as flawed.

With their help, the Syrian government is focused on fighting the rebels - some moderate, some Islamist, some Kurdish.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", she said.

The Kremlin quickly denied reports that Russian Federation was not allowing the OPCW mission in, without elaborating.

Mr Corbyn warned of an escalation in a "proxy war" between the United States and Russian Federation. The target, a Syrian air base, was back operating a day later and Mr Assad has launched several suspected chemical attacks since then.

Referring to economic sanctions, it said that "the European Union will continue to consider further restrictive measures against Syria as long as the repression continues".

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

Meanwhile, Mr Rouhani accused the U.S. "and some Western countries" of not wanting Syria "to reach permanent stability".

At least 70 civilians were killed in the attack and another 500 people were injured. The OPCW fact-finding team dispatched to Syria to investigate does not have a mandate to assign blame.

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After about a minute he was subbed off again as he was visibly in pain as he ran back on defense after burying a jumper.

British warplanes took part in the strikes, which destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities.

BOMBING Syria was in Britain's national interest and has had strong global support, Theresa May will insist as she tells Parliament why she ordered the attack.

Mr Corbyn called for a War Powers Act to make it necessary for MPs to approve future British military action, with the Opposition leader criticising Theresa May's decision to carry out the strikes without parliamentary approval.

Warplanes and warships from the US, UK and France unleashed more than 100 missiles as they attacked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Mr Stoltenberg spoke in an interview with Turkey's NTV television on Monday.

Hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in Damascus on Monday to show support for the Syrian government's armed forces after the airstrikes by the US and its allies, The Associated Press reported.

State TV broadcast the rally live from the central Omayyad Square. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people".

President Donald Trump ordered the military strike early Saturday in coordination with France and Britain.

They have risked a confrontation with Moscow, the Syrian regime's top ally, with President Vladimir Putin warning that fresh attacks would spark "chaos", while Washington vowed economic sanctions against Russian Federation rather than further military action.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie denied reports that Syrian air defence systems had take down 71 of the missiles launched and said that all 105 had reached their targets.

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