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G7 endorses US-led air strikes in Syria

G7 endorses US-led air strikes in Syria

The Trump administration will announce a new round of sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday, according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

The government regained full control of Douma on Saturday following a surrender deal with the rebels in the town east of Damascus. Congress has provided no authority to wage war on Syria.

Following recent Airstrikes in Syria, local representatives in Congress are responding to the United State's action to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians.

Former CIA Director John Brennan was among those who praised the action as "proportional and necessary to send a signal".

He said: "The Government's failure to seek - let alone obtain - parliamentary approval for these air strikes sets a precedent for potential and more risky future action not just in Syria, but other countries". As a private citizen in 2013, he said Obama should "stay the hell out of Syria".

But, MPs did not get to vote on whether they approved of the decision to attack Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

The suspected chemical attack is the latest issue to heighten tensions between Russian Federation and Western powers. The Syrian government could destroy an entire community in its efforts to spread fear and remove the rebel element that has driven a bloody seven-year civil war.

Within the administration, some painted the strike as a possible portent of greater American involvement in the Syrian conflict.

Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May released statements after the attack had begun, saying the missile strikes were focused on chemical weapons sites.

A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the allegations were "groundless", adding Moscow favoured "an impartial investigation".

"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none", May said.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said. Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian Federation has been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks several times in recent years.




To that end, she said, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin would announce new sanctions Monday against Russian companies with links to the Syrian government's chemical weapons infrastructure.

The U.S. and its allies accused Assad's forces of using chemical weapons, a claim Syria and Russian Federation have rejected.

One of the sharpest critiques came from Sen. Nuseir said a gas cylinder was found leaking the poison gas, adding that he didn't think it was dropped from the air because it still looked intact.

"If we could get to a process in the United Nations where you get to a ceasefire, you get to a political solution, you then may well get to a situation where there could be a United Nations force established to enforce that ceasefire", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

"It's impossible to say at this point the mission has been accomplished", King, who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, emphasized that if such actions continue in violation of the UN Charter, this will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", the Kremlin said in a statement about the call.

Critics, however, claimed Sunday that Trump was premature.

If so, Trump undercut that strategy with half a dozen angry tweets Sunday morning in which he branded Comey a liar and seemed to suggest that the ex-lawman belonged in jail.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Protesters also burned USA and Israeli flags.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to defend his characterization of the strikes.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump defended his use of the term "mission accomplished" to describe the operation in Syria.