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Syrian military airbase in Homs attacked

21 April 2018

The Syrian government and Russian Federation have vehemently denied involvement in the attack and accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical attack claims in order to hinder the army's advances and provoke worldwide military intervention.

Pressed on Russia's role in the suspected chemical weapons attack, Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin - who backs the Syrian regime - "may" bear responsibility. Defense Secretary James Mattis said earlier that day that the USA is "still assessing the intelligence" on whether the Assad regime is to blame for the recent suspected chemical attack. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'

"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!", he tweeted on Wednesday. Trump said, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Mr Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in the capital of Damascus where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

Relations between Russia and the West have been steadily deteriorating over recent weeks due to Moscow's support for the Syrian government as well as the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy on British soil, which the West has blamed on Russia.

Moscow's threat to shoot down US missiles came from the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, who said he was referring to a statement by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma" where Saturday's attack took place, said Peter Salama, the United Nations agency's chief of emergency response.

"We will try to make it better but it is a troubled place", Trump said.

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Moscow and Washington stymied attempts by each other at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set up worldwide investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

US President Donald Trump cancelled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said.

Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established.

Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said President Trump told her on April 14 that the United States was "locked and loaded" if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons again.

Earlier in the week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said there was no threat of the situation in Syria spiraling into U.S.

"The raising of a regime flag over a building in the town of Douma signified control over this town and consequently over Eastern Ghouta as a whole", Major General Yury Yevtushenko was quoted as saying Thursday by the Interfax news agency.

The US military action should keep secret until they happen.

Syrian military airbase in Homs attacked