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White House Says It is 'Evaluating' New Sanctions Against Russia

White House Says It is 'Evaluating' New Sanctions Against Russia

A senior Russian diplomat has said inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog can not access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate United Nations permit.

A series of meetings was scheduled in a bid to relaunch talks aimed at ending a war that has left more than 350,000 people dead and displaced more than half of the Syrian population. "We are prepared to sustain this pressure if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will".

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad said Monday his country was ready to facilitate the OPCW team in any way to carry out its mission, the state-run SANA news agency reported, while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not respond directly to CNN's question on whether Russian Federation had blocked the experts.

The Pentagon said that the United States was not involved in any strikes Tuesday morning.

"While chemical attacks should be effectively deterred, choosing to use military force to do so risks escalating the crisis, putting civilians, who have already suffered so much, at even greater risk", he said in a statement. She authorized the strikes without a vote in Parliament.

This led to days of confused messaging, and little has been said to clarify where the United States now stands.

The heavily armed and Tehran-backed Shi'ite movement has been a vital military ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

Yet, a report on state news agency SANA that Syrian air defences had shot down missiles over Homs province overnight raised fears that further action had indeed been taken.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will inspect the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday.

Essia Atrous, the chief editor at the Arabophone Tunisian newspaper "Assabah" (The Morning), said the US attacks on Syria were not a surprise.

"The coalition strike in Syria is a measured response to Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons".

All 12, it said, had been downed using Soviet-made air defense systems. "That doesn't mean that the Syrians can't re-create the chemical weapons to use again".

ENERGY: Oil prices fell back from spikes last week on fears over an escalation of strife in the Middle East, with USA benchmark crude falling 58 cents to $66.81 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Despite their unified stance to rout out chemical weapons from Syria, there has been no consistent strategy voiced by the administrations in London, Paris and Washington over the way forward in Syria.

It worked. Pentagon officials on Saturday said they faced little resistance to their targeted attack on what they said were three Syrian chemical weapons facilities. "The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing". Too many duck the responsibility that comes with being a member of this council.

The airstrikes received extreme backlash from Russian Federation, an ally of Assad's regime. "Syria and Russian Federation have zero interest in escalating with America" at a time Washington is signalling it will pull back from Syria. The group has shared with Freeland a report on international-law violations against children in the Syrian conflict. The New York Times quoted an unnamed Israeli military source as saying Israel had carried out an April 9 air strike in Syria.

"The deliberate Israeli slaying of Iranians in the T4 base will have a response but we don't know its nature or its details", Qassem said in the television interview.

Meanwhile, there is confusion over reported airstrikes in Syria after Syrian state TV said a "false alarm" set off the country's air defences early on Tuesday morning.

Haley made clear yesterday the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying US involvement there "is not done". "If al-Assad and his allies can weaken the SDF, they can crack the foundation of the U.S. military's planning for Syria". On Monday, suspected Israeli warplanes targeted Syria's T-4 air base, drawing a rebuke from Russian Federation and vows of retaliation from Iran.

Protesters burn representations of United States flags as they wave Iraqi and Syrian flags during a protest against the US-led missile attack on Syria, in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq. Such a move would restrict Israel's freedom to maneuver across Syria's skies.

Yet even The New York Times was moved to express concern that "the new strikes posed the risk of drawing the United States more deeply into a conflict in which Russian Federation and Iran have more invested than ever in keeping Mr. Assad in power".

Were they to see the images she sees of bloodshed, torture, and bodies being pulled from the rubble, she believes Canadians would rise up and demand action, as they did in 2015 when a photograph of a lifeless Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach prompted an outpouring of humanitarian action.


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