Theresa May grilled in United Kingdom parliament over Syria airstrikes


British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday, defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorisation.

Trump told members of his national security team that he was not comfortable rolling out the additional sanctions, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The decision by the Trump administration to delay additional sanctions against Russian Federation comes just one day after former FBI Director James Comey sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and claimed that it was "possible" that Russian Federation had compromising material on Trump.

"We can not go back to a world where the use of chemical weapons becomes normalised..."

A striking intra-administration quarrel played out in public when Kudlow told reporters during a briefing in Florida that Haley "got ahead of the curve" when she said the USA would be slapping new sanctions on Russian Federation on Monday in retaliation for the country's support for Syria's Assad government after its latest suspected chemical attack.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but have yet to gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after rebels withdrew.

Analysts have said however that it would take more for the West to mount a meaningful challenge to Russia's weight as a broker.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday, "We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future". Both Syria and its main backer, Russia, deny the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

He said any use of chemical weapons is in complete disregard of humanity, and is reprehensible and contrary to the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention as well as accepted global norms.

Israel weighs consequences of US-led tripartite attack on Syria
It is believed to be the largest ever loss of life by Iran's military in an Israeli attack in Syria. The Iranians have also described their cargo flights to Syria as carrying humanitarian aid only.

Before dawn on Saturday, a coalition of USA, United Kingdom and French forces launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical facilities in Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7.

The third option would have devastated Bashar al-Assad militarily and could have targeted Syrian-based Russian air defence capabilities as part of that, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Ken Ward, the US ambassador to the chemical weapons watchdog, claimed Monday that the Russians had already visited the site and "may have tampered with it", which Moscow rejected.

"We're still committed to defeating ISIS", Sanders said on Monday.

"By working together, in a coordinated fashion, we can definitively prevent the Syrian regime from carrying out chemical attacks against its own people", Macron said on Twitter.

"She got ahead of the curve", Kudlow said.

The "mission has not been accomplished", said Suzanne Akhras, president of the Syrian Community Network.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria.