Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Threat of US-Russia clash hangs over Syria

Threat of US-Russia clash hangs over Syria

This time, the Trump administration has said it was prepared to continue strikes until the regime stops its alleged use of chemical weapons. It was not immediately clear if Russian-supplied interceptors were activated. "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

Earlier on Saturday, Syrian police units entered the town of Douma, a site of a suspected chemical weapons attack and the last rebel town in the eastern Ghouta region. "Again, we are being threatened".

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Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday accused Russian Federation of lies and covering up for Assad, which she said had used chemical weapons at least 50 times in the past seven years of warfare. Global chemical weapons experts were travelling to Syria to investigate the gas attack by government forces.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

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As chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria to investigate a suspected poison gas attack by government forces, global diplomacy was in high gear to head off an escalation, though accusations flew thick and fast between Washington and its allies, and Russia, Assad's main backer.

Targets included a "scientific research center" located in the Damascus area and a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, Dunford confirmed.

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Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country. USA defense officials did not confirm if any allied missiles had been shot down.

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