Haley: Chemical attack could happen in USA 'if we're not smart'

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In a show of support for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to join the USA and France in attacking chemical weapons facilities in Syria on Saturday, her one-time political rival Johnson said it was the right thing to do.

The move was to retaliate for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian troops early the month in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus.

Others like Mandel agree that though, chemical weapons are heinous, Trump had other options to prevent Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime from using them. She reported Mr Trump telling her on Saturday that the United States was "locked and loaded" and prepared for a sustained military effort against Syria, while his Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said it was a "one-time" shot.

Last night the UN Security Council has rejected a resolution tabled by Russian Federation calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

"We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

She said: "We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every global norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered". Syria also said the strikes failed to impact the targets in Homs, but the images show extensive damage.

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Russia's Nebenzia called it "a very sad day for the world, for the United Nations, for its Charter which was blatantly, blatantly violated, and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities".

"And they were the result of the regime and Russia's failure to live up to their worldwide commitments to remove all chemical weapons from Syria", said Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to United Nations.

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

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.

The United Kingdom and its partners in the UN Security Council - the United States and France - hope that China and possibly Russian Federation will support their new draft resolution on mechanisms for investigating chemical attacks in Syria, UK Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce told Fox News on Sunday.

She added: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

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Diplomats said negotiations on the draft resolution would begin on Monday and it was not immediately clear when the United States, France and Britain wanted to put it to a vote.

"I see desperation. I see cynicism", he said.

It comes after the US, UK and French launched strikes on three sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Mr Assad said that he believed that the airstrikes would unify the country, according to Dmitry Sablin who was one of his visitors.

In this context, the UAE also expressed its support to the military operations that targeted the prohibited weapons and their facilities in Syria.

Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin said Assad spoke highly of Russia's missile defense weapons during the meeting in Damascus, describing them as superior to those used by the United States and its allies, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

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