Local politicians react to USA air strikes in Syria

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The United States, France and Britain fired dozens of missiles early Saturday to strike at Syria's chemical weapons program - the biggest intervention yet by Western countries against Syria, which is backed by Russian Federation and Iran.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the USA has yet to present evidence of what it says led to the allied action: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7 that killed more than 40 people.

Britain will study the "options" with its allies if President Bashar al-Assad again uses chemical weapons against his people in Syria, but as yet there is nothing planned, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday.

In April, CNN reported that the USA was drafting plans to increase its military units in Syria, despite President Trump pledging that the United States would "be coming out of Syria like very soon". He added, "So proud of our great Military which will soon be, after the spending of billions of fully approved dollars, the finest that our Country has ever had".

With these latest strikes, the administration is putting the United States on the wrong side of worldwide law and is running the risk of a hot war with Russian Federation and Iran over a chemical-weapons attack about which we still have little evidence.

Haley had gone on CBS News' "Face the Nation" to announce that sanctions on Russian companies that made materials used in Syrian strongman Bashar al Assad's chemical weapons attack would be announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay.

The pope spoke after airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain aimed at taking out Syria's chemical weapons capacity. What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

"We convinced him to limit the strikes to chemical weapons when at the same time there was a burst of tweets that did not escape you", Macron said.

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"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", said McKenzie. Francis last Sunday said "nothing can justify" the use of chemical weapons and called for negotiations.

In November, Russia used its veto three times to halt a previous UN-led inquiry that found Syrian forces had dropped sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April a year ago.

Global officials are working to try to confirm the suspected poison gas attack on Douma.

Douma is now in the hands of government forces after the last rebels withdrew just hours after U.S., French and British forces fired more than 100 missiles to hit three suspected chemical weapons development or storage sites.

A United Nations-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism also looked at responsibility for chemical weapons use.

Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early on Saturday. Yarmouk, Syria's biggest camp for Palestinian refugees, has been under the control of Islamic State fighters for years.

France, the United States and Britain circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council late on Saturday that aims to establish a new independent inquiry into who is to responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.