Feb. 28, 2017: A Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against Syria for the use of chemical weapons is vetoed by Russia and China. They would paint a dire picture of a pullout, of regional chaos benefiting Russia and Iran, and the potential resurgence of the Islamic State group.
Trump's tweet about Putin apparently marks the first time the President has publicly attacked the Russian leader by name. No timetable was offered, but news reports indicate that Trump wants the 2,000 U.S. troops working in Syria out within six months. "Animal Assad would have been history!"
A military spokeswoman for Israel declined to comment on the strike which targeted the same airbase hit by Israel in February after an Iranian drone breached its airspace.
".@POTUS & I closely monitoring likely chemical attack in Syria".
"The goal of these false conjectures, which are without basis, are designed to shield the terrorists and the implacable radical opposition, who reject a political settlement", the statement said. "The Assad regime & its backers MUST END their barbaric behavior".
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"At least 14 fighters were killed in the strike on the T-4 airport, among them Iranian forces", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor. The Civil Defense said patients were having difficulty breathing and burning in their eyes. However, diplomats said Russia was insisting its meeting be held first because its request was made first.
Through his spokesperson, Guterres explained that over the last 36 hours, he has received reports indicating sustained airstrikes and shelling on Douma that have killed civilians, destroyed infrastructure and damaged health facilities.
SANA says the attack resulted in a number of casualties.
"We condemn the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere. Another such hoax about the chemical attack that supposedly took place in Douma emerged yesterday", the statement said.
Explosions were reported near the T4 military airfield Sunday. It said the attack left people dead and wounded.
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Later, Iran condemned allegations of a chemical attack on Syria's Eastern Ghouta rebel holdout as a "conspiracy" against its ally President Bashar al-Assad and a pretext for military action. A top general nevertheless said on Thursday that Trump had not given a "specific timeline" for bringing troops home as the anti-ISIS campaign continues.
Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? The United States says the Syrian government is to blame.
Just over a year ago, Trump ordered dozens of cruise missiles to be fired at a Syrian air base after declaring there was no doubt Assad had "choked out the lives of helpless" civilians in an attack that used banned gases. The group also agreed to give up its prisoners, a key demand of the government.
"President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria", McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.
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Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron late Sunday. Some aides, convinced that Trump puts more stock in what he sees on TV than in his own aides' advice, regularly phone prominent commentators and news hosts to provide talking points on everything from tax policy to Syria in hopes of influencing Trump.