In a statement released on Twitter, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said the country was being "threatened", and issued an ominous warning that reprisals could follow. Not one local resident has not confirmed the fact of a chemical attack.
"This is difficult to do in a situation like this", he said, in light of the volatility of chemical agents.
U.S. officials said they'd targeted the strikes to minimize the risk of accidentally hitting Russian forces. About it reports the Chronicle.info, referring to RBC Ukraine. Pentagon officials said the assault pummeled, but did not eliminate the Syrian program.
Two US officials said attacks could continue beyond tonight, with a senior administration official saying "this isn't over". That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area.
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Addressing crowds in Istanbul's Fatih district, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced support for the joint operation into Syria. The use of mass destruction weapons, including chemical weapons, is a crime against humanity, the statement said.
The 15-member council met on Saturday, at Russia's request, the fifth time it has met on Syria since a suspected deadly poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma a week ago. In doing so, Russia also managed to buy time for its ally Damascus to evacuate the possible targets. The US didn't immediately provide an assessment of performance.
White, the Defense Department spokeswoman, said the strikes did not "represent a change in U.S. policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime".
The U.S. aircraft were reported flying along the coast near Russia's Humeimim Military Airport in the southwestern Lattakia province, Fars reported. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".
Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the US, said in a Facebook post the attack "would have consequences", but he didn't elaborate. Mattis said in the briefing.
Russia's Tass news agency claimed early on April 13th, that Russian investigators have located and spoken with persons in the Syrian city of Douma who witnessed the staging of the videos that the U.S-and-UK-financed White Helmets group supplied, and which videos the U.S., French and UK Governments use to justify their planned invasion of Syria.
Syrian television called the attacks a "flagrant violation" of international law, and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, derided them as a "military crime". "History will put everything in its place, and it has already laid heavy responsibility on Washington for bloody reprisals against Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya".
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"We need to cooperate", Ryabkov told the Russian newspaper Kommersant. At the U.N. Security Council, Russia called on the world to condemn the United States.
Assad vowed Friday to respond to the attack, tweeting, according to translations, that "Good souls will not be humiliated".
The Syrian military said the coalition fired some 110 missiles targeting Syrian military sites in Damascus and elsewhere, but most of the missiles were destroyed by the Syrian air defense system. Although Dunford stressed the regularity of communications via this line, the type of offensive U.S. officials notified the Russian military of was undoubtedly out of the ordinary when compared to ongoing anti-ISIS operations. Some clapped their hands and danced, other drove in convoys, honking their horns in defiance.
The airstrikes are being strongly condemned inside Russia, by politicians and experts appearing on TV and by President Vladimir Putin himself.
"This military intervention is very important after what happened", said Abu Thaa'r, an unemployed 32-year-old from Idleb in a phone interview. "The air strikes should have happened earlier". "It was something far bigger", he said.
"Ties remain tense, but there's a faint hope that the window of opportunity for improvement hasn't yet closed", she said.
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