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US Mission In Syria 'Has Not Changed,' Troops To Return

US Mission In Syria 'Has Not Changed,' Troops To Return

Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major global summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said.

The moves are believed to show Putin's determination that Russian Federation will work with Iran and Turkey as a united front to resolve the Syrian situation. "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC, adding that Russian Federation was the only country able to pressure Assad to negotiate an end to the conflict. Russia's defense ministry said more than 100 cruise missiles were fired.

Igor Kirillov, a Russian chemical weapons protection expert in The Hague, said the team is set to visit the site on Wednesday.

Sites near Damascus and Homs were hit on Saturday by the US, French and United Kingdom in response to the alleged chemical attack on Douma on 7 April.

Russian news agencies quoted a lawmaker who said that the airstrikes would unify the country, the Associate Press reported.

"Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back, Assad knew that Russian Federation would cover for them at the United Nations, and Assad got reckless, and he used it in a way that was far more aggressive", Nikki Haley said.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. "They also chanted against the US and its allies", according to Iraqi News.

The United States is "locked and loaded" to strike again if Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's government again uses chemical weapons, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on April 14.

Her office said she planned to tell them the strikes were "in Britain's national interest" and were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks.

The United States, the UK and France said the strikes had been a response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma.

But press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump "has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible".

The Kremlin released a statement from Putin saying the strike was an "act of aggression against a sovereign state which is in the front line in the fight against terrorism", and that there was no proof a chemical weapons attack had taken place.

One was a scientific facility near Damascus and the other two were chemical weapons storage sites near Homs, one of which had been used as a military command post.

Syria and Russian Federation have also denied that any chemical attack took place, and so far there has been no independent confirmation of civilian casualties.

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", she said.

United States sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent. The majority of the more than 350,000 victims of the seven-year conflict have been killed by conventional rather than chemical weapons.