US Warns of New Syrian Attack If Chemical Weapons Used Again

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A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and no new attack on Syria took place, Syrian state media and a military commander said on Tuesday.

"Yesterday we saw the American aggression, and we were able to counter it with Soviet missiles manufactured in the 1970s", Sablin quoted Assad as saying.

One of the three sites hit was the Barzeh complex, which the U.S. says was a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

The issue had been dealt with by Russian experts, said the commander, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry Saturday condemned what it called "the brutal American-British-French aggression. which constitutes a flagrant violation of worldwide law". "I don't say we've ever said it's OK", she said.

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In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the 7-year-old Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Putin warned that 'if such actions, carried out in violation of the United Nations Charter, are repeated, that would inevitably provoke chaos in worldwide relations, ' according to a statement from the Kremlin.

According to Vladimir Putin, the United States used a staged chemical attack against civilians to carry out a strike. "Use often!" Trump wrote.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a military context the president's declaration of "mission accomplished" refers only to the "task now in front of you" and the United States will continue to monitor Assad's use of chemical weapons and are prepared to respond with further action in the form of additional military action.

"We'll see how smart he is", Haley said.

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Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the success of the missile attacks depended on whether Syria stopped using chemical weapons. "And should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go".

The West has accused Syria of failing to live up to its commitment to scrap its chemical weapons programme under a deal reached between the United States and Russian Federation.

Russian foreign ministry official Vladimir Ermakov said Washington would want to maintain a dialogue with Moscow about strategic stability after the raids, Russian media reported.

"It was done on targets that we believed were selected to hurt the chemical weapons program".

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