Oil, gold to gain on Syria strikes; Russian retaliation in focus

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Here's what some WA Congress members are saying about the missile strikes in Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was only certain about intelligence that chlorine gas was used by Assad's forces on April 7 before America's strikes on Syria. That makes degrading it through military strikes far more hard.

The White House said the leaders agreed the air strikes in Syria "were successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military.

In short, Assad should have nothing to fear from using chemical weapons again.

That same day, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) revisited Trump's old tweets, in which he chastised former President Barack Obama for ordering airstrikes on Syria without congressional approval, after Trump did the exact same thing.

The Southeast Asian nation also condemned the use of chemical weapons, saying "these weapons is abhorrent and an unacceptable violation of global law".

"Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack".

"If there were chemical weapons in the building, we would not be here".

The Western states have accused forces of President Bashar Assad of an attack with the use of chemicals in Duma.

"If anything, the opposite is true: By setting these red lines and devising very narrow punishments for violating them, we essentially communicate to the regime what our priorities are and also our threshold for risk and level of interest in the broader Syrian war", Itani said.

In a press briefing at the Pentagon Saturday, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. confirmed the three distinct targets - a research facility, a weapons depot and a command center.

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The US and its European allies chose three targets instead of the single air base hit past year and used twice as many weapons.

Chlorine, in contrast, has been used more widely in Syria's conflict without past USA reprisals, and the chemical itself is far easier to find and weaponise, experts say.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says Moscow is calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations' Security Council over the strike launched by the US, Britain and France.Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations". He also called for attacks on Syria to cease.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the strike illegal and "an act of aggression on a sovereign state". It said air defenses confronted the attack and had shot down 13 missiles in the Kiswah area south of Damascus.

It was the site where some of the 110 U.S., French and British missiles hit Syria in the early morning hours, according to a Syrian military statement.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. warned that there would be consequences for the strike.

Or perhaps there would need to be a series of violations, as was the case before April 7, prior to any United States action. Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible.

The Violations Documentation Centre, which records alleged violations of worldwide law in Syria, said there were attacks at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack on an opposition-controlled town outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead. They wish Trump had waited for inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Warfare to confirm chemical weapons were really used before he ordered the airstrikes on Syria. "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Mr Corbyn said. "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said on Saturday.

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