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16 April 2018, 03:44 | Opal Carroll
Russia slams joint airstrikes in Syria
Warships and submarines of the Russian naval taskforce were keeping track at a close distance of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Russian government news site Tass said, citing a military and diplomatic source.
Asked what US President Donald Trump's next step against the regime should be, he replied: "I think the big thing is we've got to be prepared to take more action if this behaviour continues on the part of the Syrians".
The military attack was ordered in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, in response to what the USA believes was a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week.
Another highly placed Russian politician likened President Trump to Adolf Hitler and said the air assault is regarded as a move against Russia.
Trump administration officials told The Associated Press in February they believed forces loyal to Assad might have been in the process of working on new or more refined chemical weapons.
"Why would the winning side use (chemical) weapons", he said in a video address at a Hezbollah campaign event for Lebanon's parliamentary elections in May.
But both Dunford and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stressed that strikes were not meant to pull America deeper into Syria's war.
But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation".
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The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie". The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.
"Again, we are being threatened", Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said in a statement.
M - Damascus' allies have condemned US President Donald Trump for ordering air attacks in Syria "on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities" in collaboration with the United Kingdom and France, Al Jazeerareported.
Since Saturday, when images of ashen toddlers struggling for breath emerged, there has been a sustained military buildup in the eastern Mediterranean.
Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.
A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.
He noted that OPCW's report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation.
Across Western capitals opposition to military action also grew.
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Meanwhile, the Russian military said the Syrian government is now in full control of Duoma, once held by rebels opposing Assad. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action.
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Trump said at an event in OH that the USA will withdraw its troops from Syria very soon and let other people take care of it. Omar Jandali Riafi said the Montreal Syrian community had been anticipating an American response since the attack.
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Haley's warning comes after American, British and French forces fired over one hundred missiles at the Arab country on Saturday. Hours after the strikes , the Trump administration pledged future action in Syria if Assad continues to use chemical weapons .