Assad spoke highly of Soviet weapons after Syria strike - Russian lawmaker

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

Speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" program, Haley said the sanctions are imminent, targeting Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.

The US Ambassador to United Nations also used the occasion to defend the usage of the words "mission accomplished", by the US President Donald Trump after he ordered the military on Friday to launch airstrikes on three sites in Syria.

"He said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded", Haley declared. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line".

The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago.

An image provided by the Department of Defense and presented at the Pentagon briefing on Saturday preliminary damage assessment from the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker in Syria. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria. In 2017, the USA launched missiles against Syria following reports of a sarin gas attack.

The allied strikes drew immediate condemnation from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russian Federation, who accused the U.S., France and Britain of violating Syria's sovereignty and violating worldwide law.

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A number of strikes on targets in Syria have been attributed to Israel. "We need to. weaken them militarily in a significant way". The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April past year .

Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels.

"This operation does not represent a change in U.S. policy, nor an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".

The rally held in downtown Chicago lasted about one hour, with demonstrators chanting slogans and holding placards of "No US Attacks on Syria", "No US Bombing of Syria" and "American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People's Lives" to condemn the US government's military attacks on Syria. According to a Pentagon official, targets were selected that participated in the research, development and deployment of chemical weapons.

"We need real long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria", he said.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday morning thanked France and the United Kingdom for their participation in the airstrikes against positions of Assad's government, which has been engaged in a seven-year-old civil war against rebel groups and is backed by Russian Federation and Shia militias.

The decision to strike, after days of deliberations, marked Trump's second order to attack Syria. "And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

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