Assad calls Syria air strikes act of 'American aggression'

Assad calls Syria air strikes act of 'American aggression'

"I'm afraid that is the unhappy corollary of this that if we say we're limiting our action to chemical weapons. then of course it follows that the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will", Johnson told BBC television.

United States sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

"It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program".

The Trump administration also pushed back on comments made Sunday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who in an interview on French TV noted that President Donald Trump days earlier expressed his eagerness to withdraw USA troops from Syria, and "we convinced him to remain".

Haley, in her Fox News interview, also defended its use as a military term, rather than as a broader political statement.

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a United Nations resolution on Syria proposed by the US, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

Haley said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished. Responding to the airstrikes, Putin on Saturday condemned what he called "an attack on Syria". -Russian relations are at a low point.


US military officials said an initial assessment showed every one of the missiles struck its target on Saturday, reducing the facilities to rubble while avoiding any civilian casualties.

The strikes came around one week after the chemical attack on civilians in the rebel-held town of Douma on April 7th.

The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker.

"One again, just like a year ago when the United States attacked Shayrat Airbase in Syria, a staged chemical attack against civilians was used as a pretext, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb".

US defense officials say they have high confidence chlorine gas was used and are still assessing evidence indicating the presence of sarin gas. The legality of the air strikes under global law, however, remains questionable.

Russian Federation also decried the USA -led operation as a failure, saying the majority of the rockets fired at Syria were intercepted by the Syrian government's air defense systems.

Russian news agencies reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone call, told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani there would be chaos in worldwide relations if there are further Western strikes on Syria.

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