Oil, gold to gain on Western strike on Syria

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council that the military strikes were "justified, legitimate, and proportionate".

He said it's "totally incorrect" that chemical weapons were being developed there.

Later Sunday, Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them in writing of his decision to order the strike.

Toronto resident Bayan Khatib was at a community fundraiser with other Syrian Canadians on Friday night when she learned the US, the United Kingdom and France had launched the joint airstrikes in retaliation for a suspected chemical-weapons attack on April 7 that killed 43 people and injured hundreds more in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

New resolution: According to French Ambassador Francois Delattre, France, Britain and the U.S. will soon present the Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution in Syria.

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Trump on Friday ordered precise strikes against Syrian military facilities with Britain and France in a coordinated action.

The actions were meant to target some of Russia's wealthiest citizens, many of whom are closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The trilateral operations came with questionable legitimacy due to the lacking of proof that could show Syrian government behind the chemical attack, and has been widely criticized by Syria, Russia and Iran, among other nations.

But the military seemed less than troubled as it claimed that Syrian aerial defenses managed to shoot down most of the missiles and divert others.

A 2015-2017 joint inquiry of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had found the Syrian government used sarin in an April 4, 2017, attack and has also several times used chlorine as a weapon. A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected.

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, he said: "Unless we act there is a risk of moral contamination, a coarsening and corruption of what we have until now thought to be acceptable".

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Jaish al-Islam, the group that held Douma, said it only abandoned the town because of the chemical attack.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", said Mattis, adding that White and Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie would speak "in effort to maintain transparency and accuracy".

President Donald Trump has warned Syria's government the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to strike again if it carries out new chemical attacks.

Another official said, "We have incontrovertible evidence from the photos" that chemical weapons were used and it was "clear to the worldwide community".

Russian Federation has declared victory three times in Syria and thwarted worldwide efforts for a political transition and Assad's eventual departure, said Maksad.

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