Chemical probe to begin in Syria after Western strikes

Chemical probe to begin in Syria after Western strikes

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied allegations of a chemical attack. According to a Pentagon official, targets were selected that participated in the research, development and deployment of chemical weapons. "I am convinced that other groups will join the group of countries having a responsible attitude toward global law", Ryabkov said.And that group of healthy forces, I am convinced, will give a more and more resolute political rebuff to such attempts on the basis of worldwide relations", he said when asked what Russia's reaction will be if more attacks on Syria follow.

"The US is trying to undermine confidence in the Mission regarding the establishment of facts of the use of chemical weapons in Syria ahead the experts' arrival in Douma", the Permanent Representation stressed.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP.

"The objective of our military action was specifically the prevention of further use of chemical weapons in order to alleviate humanitarian suffering".

The allies also acted because of concerns that Syrian forces and their Russian allies may already have tried to clean up important evidence. On Saturday, an OPCW expert group arrived in Syria to investigate the incident.

Syrian government forces retook Douma last week, gaining full control over the former rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, Russian military officials announced at the time.

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The U.S. Air Force confirmed on Sunday that B-1B bombers deployed at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar took part in the strikes.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said the Syrian war would continue despite the "successful" strikes, saying the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was to respond to repeated chemical attacks.

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Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, also an Assad ally, that any new Western strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos in worldwide relations".

Assad denounced a "campaign of deceit and lies at the (United Nations) Security Council" after a push by Moscow on Saturday to condemn the strikes fell far short.

Like Barnes, many voiced concerns for the civilians affected by the air strikes in Syria. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations.

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