UN Security Council Refuses to Condemn US Attack on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn again questioned the legality of the UK’s role in the 105-missile strike – and called for legislation to stop military action without MPs’ support

We hope he keeps walking down that path.

The US-led strikes were the biggest global attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the start of Syria's seven-year war.

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.

On Saturday, the United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7. However, the buildings were mostly empty and the Western trio swiftly reverted to its diplomatic efforts.

"The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Those inspectors were set to begin work on Sunday.

The inspectors will face a hard task, with all key players having pre-empted their findings, including Western powers, which justified the strikes by claiming they already had proof such weapons were used.

Douma, which had been in rebel hands, is now controlled by Syrian forces.

The OPCW 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.

Syria's deputy foreign minister told us they were eager to help get inspectors to the site, though the government still claims the attack never happened.

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Germany's foreign minister hopes the US -led air strikes in Syria will result in a fresh effort to find a peaceful solution to the seven-year conflict.

The United States will impose new sanctions on Russian Federation over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

Haley said the sanctions, to be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons.

Macron said the allies had "full global legitimacy to intervene" in Syria because the strikes were about enforcing worldwide humanitarian law.

Assad on Sunday denounced a "campaign of deceit and lies at the (United Nations) Security Council" after a push by Moscow to condemn the strikes fell far short.

Macron insisted in an interview Sunday that France had "not declared war" on Syria, striving to underscore Paris' justification for the attacks.

In telephone calls before the Saturday airstrikes, Macron said he had persuaded Trump not to pull out of Syria.

Only China and Bolivia voted alongside Russian Federation in favour of its draft resolution condemning the military action, while eight countries opposed it.

"The regime of Bashar Assad has an enemy who is his people", Macron said.

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