Russia says will not delay response to US sanctions- RIA

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In an early-morning tweet, Trump said the strike was "perfectly carried out" and that "the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished".

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

US President Donald Trump seems to have been misled by his aides on the number of Russian diplomats planned to be expelled in the wake of the Skripal incident, senior US administration official said, TASS with reference to The Washington Post reported. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for OPCW's findings before attacking. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, indicated the sanctions would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

Britain's defense ministry said that while the effectiveness of the strike is still being analyzed, "initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack". Many waved Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags.

He has often attacked the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and has repeatedly suggested the USA would benefit from improved relations with Russia.

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"The American (military) knows well that going toward a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region", Nasrallah said.

Trump was reacting to a warning from Russian Federation that any United States missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated". "The use of a nerve agent in the U.K.in recent weeks is part of a pattern of disregard for these norms".

Mattis told reporters that the United States and its allies had hit more targets this year than in April 2017, however, with twice as many munitions.

Yesterday the Russians released statements claiming to be from medics at Douma's hospital who said a group of people with video cameras entered the facility, shouting that its patients had been struck with chemical weapons and causing panic.

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons.

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