Russian Federation claims Syria missile strike was attempt to derail chemical weapon investigation

May mulls Syria action despite cautious mood in UK

May mulls Syria action despite cautious mood in UK

Some of those more than 40 Syrian missile interceptors, he suggested, might have hit civilian targets.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said that none of the aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and there is no indication that Russian Federation air defense systems were employed.

In addition to Assad's denials, Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, has also dismissed the allegations as "fake news", and said its own experts found no "trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians".

"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none, " May told reporters in London Saturday morning. We hit the sites, the heart of the chem-weapons program.

Instead, he said, people are rallying in support of the army in its mission to liberate the country "and in its confrontation with Western powers".

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On Tuesday, Russia took its response a step further and vetoed the US-backed United Nations resolution that condemned the apparent chemical attack. The New York Times said at least 43 of the victims showed signs of having been exposed to "highly toxic chemicals".

It "demands that the USA and its allies immediately and without delay cease the aggression against the Syrian Arab republic and demands also to refrain from any further use of force in violation of global law and the United Nations charter". Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that the leaders of the US, UK, and France "committed a major crime" with the strikes and proceeded to blame the US for helping to create ISIS and unleashing it on Iraq and Syria.

Crowds gathered in central Damascus expressed defiance, waving portraits of Assad and mocking Trump. Nationalist songs were played and people waved flags. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

The analysis was released hours after U.S., France and Britain fired 105 missiles at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria - and about an hour before the convening of an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council called for by Russian Federation, a Syrian ally that disputes chemical weapons were used. "Assad might have used chemical weapons this time, but he's been indiscriminately targeting civilians for years". Still, the EU's goal is to prevent an escalation of the conflict, Mogherini said, calling for an immediate ceasefire and a "genuine political transition" in Syria. The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable. A USA -led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the IS grip on both Syria and Iraq. He described the attack as "measured".

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes. "Its position in the Syrian conflict remains strong and the focus of the response to the USA -led strikes will be on regaining control of additional territories in the country".

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The external affairs ministry said India has taken note of the air strikes in Syria and was closely following the situation.

Trump has long criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to enforce a "red line" in 2013 after earlier chemical attacks blamed on Assad's forces.

Canada has become the latest to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.

McKenzie said Washington has no indication that Russian air-defense systems were deployed during the joint air strikes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Tehran not to test his country.

Russia's defense ministry said that none of the dozens of missiles and smart bombs fired over a period of about 90 minutes entered airspace guarded by advanced systems above Russian bases near the coast.

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Meanwhile, they could also be a response to exercises conducted by the US military in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday. The US targeted steel and aluminium while China took aim at pork and wine among a slew of other products from the US.

US Joint Chief of Staff Marine Corps Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie Jnr said the target was destroyed and this will "set the Syrian chemical weapons programme back for years".

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