No time frame set for Syria attack


Weeks before a purported chemical attack by the Syrian government on April 7, the Russian military warned the West against what it described as false claims of chemical weapons use to strike Syrian facilities.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in her response to Trump's tweet said: "Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not [Syria's] lawful government, which has spent several years fighting against worldwide terrorism on its territory".

The Russian ambassador said his country is being "threatened" and warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

Davis explained that Putin would say, "We're going to keep this quiet, and we're going to calm things down", but in the meanwhile, "he will stab someone in the back".

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.

American president Donald Trump has warned that an attack is likely on Syria sooner or later. According to addressing a press conference in Moscow President Putin said we will respect world law.

Mattis' remarks at a House Armed Services Committee hearing followed a series of Trump tweets this week that initially indicated he was committed to bombing Syria but later suggested he was awaiting further advice and assessment. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, in a jab at Russian Federation.

With its increasing tensions with Russian Federation and the prospect of a trade war with China, the United States is at the centre of a lot of global debate and President Trump is at the heart of it. Mr. Trump called out Putin along with the leadership in Iran for backing Assad, who he referred to as "Animal Assad".

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting for Thursday, while French President Emmanuel Macron is to decide on a response in the coming days, having insisted he does "not want an escalation" and that any response would focus on Syria's chemical capabilities, not on allies of the regime.

Russia, a key Syrian ally, dismissed the allegations against Syria and said its own experts found no "trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians".

"Any delay or disruption in the visit will be a result of the political pressure exercised on the OPCW from a very well-known state, as the Syrian government expressed its readiness to facilitate this visit", Ja'afari said.

The planes fired Storm Shadow missiles at a facility where the United Kingdom said the Assad "regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled".

Turkey's foreign ministry said the airstrikes were "an appropriate response to the chemical attack".

Trump was referring to the deal brokered by President Vladimir Putin in 2013 in which Russian Federation guaranteed the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons, in keep off then USA president Barack Obama.

Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, and expected to make decisions "fairly soon". The West swiftly pointed the finger at the Syrian government, which has denied the accusations.

A larger strike, possibly including stealth aircraft and strikes on multiple sites, could inflict lasting damage to military facilities and economic infrastructure that have been vital to President Bashar Assad's ability to regain his grip on Syria seven years into a grinding war.

"We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron said. "France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate worldwide law, to act".

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

Trump further slammed Russian Federation for its continued support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Wednesday's tweet by saying it "shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

The Syrian-American Medical Society (Sams), which operates in rebel-held areas, said more than 500 people had been treated for symptoms "indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

The US president noted that the relationship between the US and Russian Federation is "worse now that it has ever been" and admonished the Kremlin for aligning itself with the "gas killing animal" Bashar Al Assad, Syria's president.

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, majority involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.