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Vladimir Putin predicts 'global chaos' if West strikes Syria again

16 April 2018

The military action comes a little more than a year after the United States launched almost 60 cruise missiles at an airfield in Syria following an earlier chemical attack in the Syrian civil war.

The White House says the leaders agreed the airstrikes in Syria "were successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spoken highly of the Soviet-made weapons involved in thwarting the missile strike on Syria carried out by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France, member of Russia's State Duma (lower house of parliament) Sergei Zheleznyak said on Sunday following meeting between Russian lawmakers and the Syrian president. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed these reports as fake news. "The President must come to Congress and secure an Authorisation for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians", she said."President Trump must also hold Putin accountable for his enabling of the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people", Pelosi said.

The United States has warned Syria's government that it is "locked and loaded" to strike again if Damascus carries out chemical attacks.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use". The attack last week killed dozens of people including children.

Russia, which is helping Assad fight militants and rebels opposed to his rule, immediately condemned the strikes and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend.

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Syria's air defense units shot down most of the air-to-surface missiles fired by the US-led military operation, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Senator Mazie K Hirono said she was deeply concerned by the Trump's incoherent strategy on Syria where there are layers of complexity and no easy answers.

In Damascus, Russia's news agencies reported that Assad told a group of Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes. Corbyn said in an interview with the BBC.

But Haley said the USA would not pull its troops out of Syria - despite vows by President Trump to bring the military home - until its goals are accomplished.

"Trudeau is not acting because the Canadian public doesn't know what is happening in Syria", she said.

The Pentagon has said the strikes successfully hit the three chemical weapons facilities which were targeted.

Vladimir Putin predicts 'global chaos' if West strikes Syria again