Prepared to Do More in Syria, Hopes Not Necessary -UN Envoy


Now, Trump has backed up his strong words of condemnation of Assad's April 4 chemical weapons attack with actions, but it's only the first step. He says that once the militant group is eliminated, the USA can turn to stabilizing Syria.

"Why have you attacked the Syrian army which is at war with terrorists?"

Iranian militias are also fighting alongside the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"I think the time has come for some of these countries to be anxious about us a little bit, not us always anxious about what they might do", Rubio told Fox News.

The president ordered the retaliatory strike just two days after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 86 people, including women and children, in Syria's Idlib Province.

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Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims.

"The Syrian army has no chemical weapons at its disposal", said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Putin, on Friday.

Rouhani was referring to the UN-supervised destruction of the Damascus regime's chemical arsenal under a 2013 agreement between Washington and Moscow.

More jarringly, Russian Federation said it's suspending an agreement that allows the United States and Russian Federation to coordinate their air operations in Syria so as to prevent accidental midair collisions between their aircraft. "Or, it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases".

Moscow has further promised to strengthen Syria's anti-aircraft defences and it is shutting down a hotline with the U.S. created to avoid collisions between their air forces over the country.

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"Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said in a statement.

"These sanctions are very important and we will use them the maximum effect".

On Thursday, Trump ordered the US military to strike an airbase in Syria with several dozen Tomahawk missiles. The American attack on Shayrat Airbase in Syria killed 14 people including nine innocent civilians, the governor of Homs told RT.

"We were fully justified in doing so", she said.

The U.S. military action is believed to have destroyed approximately 20 aircraft, the officials said.

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Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reportedly said later today that Moscow would consider reactivating the memorandum with the United States on preventing air incidents in Syria.