Russia: Syria chemical attack staged by foreign agents

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Two days after the missile strikes that he hailed as a well-executed military operation, President Donald Trump still wants to bring the small number of USA troops in northern Syria home, the White House said.

Putin was quoted as urging for a "thorough and objective probe" into the reports of the chemical weapons attack.

White House cyber security co-ordinator Rob Joyce said: "Once you own the router, you own all the traffic to include the ability to harvest credentials and passwords and essentially monitor all the traffic".

"It will be in defense of a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations", Haley said. The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead. "You don't rush decisions like this", Haley told reporters, adding that if there is haste "you make a mistake". "We're making sure we have all the information to know if we do something, what will happen, how will it happen and will it hurt anyone". "We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Separately, Russia's Defence Ministry said the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by U.S., British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defence systems, TASS news agency reported. But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the USA into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the attacks. They, in fact, have been touting the - that the Syrian government has basically successfully fended off many of these airstrikes using Soviet-era defense systems that were almost 30 years old. "This is not a threat".

"There is no credible proof of this", Nebenzia said.

The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

He did not say what the evidence was.

The Russian Envoy to OPCW said that chemical weapons provocation in Syria was carried out by non-governmental organizations that the United Kingdom and the U.S. paid for cooperation.

Russian officials from President Vladimir Putin on down condemned the strike as an act of aggression against a sovereign state carried out on the pretext of staged chemical attack.

Syrian air defenses respond to missiles over Homs province - state media
Syrian news agency SANA stated that "Syrian air defense shot down missiles which violated airspace over Homs". The Pentagon has denied initiating strikes or conducting any other military activity in Homs province.

The joint statement said "multiple sources" - including private and public sector cyber security research organisations and allies - had reported such activity to the U.S. and United Kingdom governments.

He said there was a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria. "I really, really am".

Britain's embassy to the Netherlands said Assad's regime and its top ally had not yet allowed a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to enter the site of last Saturday's massacre in Eastern Ghouta.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by opposition until this month.

Last month, Britain blamed Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

In a joint briefing with United States officials, Mr Martin said they had seen the "sustained targeting of multiple entities" over a series of months with millions of machines around the word being targeted.

But Guterres said Syria today is the most serious, and "there is no military solution to the conflict".

Erdogan also told reporters on Friday that tensions between the two countries over a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma now seem to have eased. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

Haley kept up the pressure on Russian Federation.

He also stressed the importance of opposing the use of conventional weapons in addition to chemical weapons. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Russia's defense ministry said Saturday, April 14 the Western strikes claimed no victims among Syrian civilians or military.

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