Theresa May denies launching airstrikes in Syria on Donald Trump's orders

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blamed the Syrian government for delays in inspectors reaching the sites and said it has a history of trying to "clean up the evidence before the investigation team gets in".

The Kremlin said on Tuesday in a read-out of the phone call between Putin and Merkel that the prospect for peace talks for Syria were damaged by the airstrikes, which were carried out in retaliation for the reported poison gas attack on a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus.

He's also right - and the supposed "adults" wrong - when he speaks of the dangers inherent in an Iran nuclear deal that must be renegotiated if Tehran is to be prevented from eventually gaining nuclear weapons.

Early on Saturday, the United States, the UK and France launched missile attacks on facilities believed to be used to research, develop and store chemical weapons inside Syria.

The reports said the missiles had targeted Shayrat airbase in Homs province and Dumair military airport, northeast of Damascus, late on Monday night. Every conflict starts somewhere, even if this particular Syrian operation turns out to have taken longer to debate than it did to carry out.

OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said his nine-strong, all-volunteer team had reached Damascus, but so far "the team has not yet deployed to Douma".

Haley had repeatedly said at the United Nations insisting that sentencing and punishment precede any process by which the international community might arrive at a fact-based verdict, Freeman observed.

This has been a pattern: to instigate trouble in places and then intervene. Hours after the alleged chemical attack, the rebel faction that controlled the town, the Army of Islam, relented and was evacuated along with thousands of residents.

The PM said that a blanket policy of seeking UN approval "would mean a Russian veto on our foreign policy". SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who condemned the UK's intervention in Syria, tweeted: "Once again, we are being dragged into military action with little regard for the humanitarian situation on the ground [and] no long-term strategic plan".

The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has issued a joint statement endorsing the U.S. -led air strikes in Syria. "Absolutely confident of it. And we have the intelligence-level of confidence that we needed to conduct the attack", Mattis said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was not free to divulge the intelligence used in her country's assessment, but said in announcing the airstrikes that "a significant body of information, including intelligence, indicates the Syrian regime is responsible".

King Salman has promoted one of his youngest sons, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, to the elevated position of crown prince, partly in order to connect with the young majority of the population.

The Syrian town of Douma is seen on April 17, 2018. "Instead, the Syrian government is presumed guilty, as are those associated with it, and we have [US Ambassador to the United Nations] Nikki Haley as an American version of the Red Queen in 'Alice in Wonderland, '" he said. The British leader noted that the opposition in Syria does not use barrel bombs or helicopters.

The report said Syrian air defences responded and shot down the missiles.

"The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said in an interview aired Sunday.

The Kremlin dismissed the claims.

The Shiites are dominant in Lebanon because they rose up and ran out the Israelis, who invaded in 1982 to run out the PLO.

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