Pentagon investigating possible Russian involvement in Syrian chemical attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 16:08
Russian Federation earlier this week denied a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria saying the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by a Syrian regime airstrike on a rebel-controlled chemical weapons factory on the ground.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blames Russia's inaction for helping fuel a deadly poison attack against Syrian civilians last week.
At least six people were killed when the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles early on Friday at the Shairat military base in Homs province in central Syria, a monitor group said.
The missiles were fired from two US destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and hit the air base at approximately 3:45 a.m.
Air strikes have struck Syria's town of Urum al-Joz in rebel-controlled Idlib province on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Civil Defence rescue service.
"Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".
Mr Johnson had been due in the Russian capital on Monday but will stay away as G7 foreign ministers draw up their coordinated response.
Mr Johnson had originally planned to fly out to Moscow at the end of March, but rescheduled the visit in order to attend a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
"Anyone who claimed Trump had blind loyalty had a wake-up call today", said Mike Cernovich, one of the movement's most prominent leaders and a populariser of often unfounded conspiracy theories.
The U.S. military strategy on Syria has complicated Trump's attempt to warm relations with Russian Federation.
If Syria carries out any further chemical attacks, "that is going to be clearly very damaging to US-Russian relations", Tillerson warned. Activist Alaa Al-Youssef said that the strike which killed a woman hit a residential neighbourhood.
Once the threat from ISIL has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's Face the Nation.
Cavusoglu also said Ankara has been on a "different page" with Moscow on Assad since the beginning, adding that Turkey "would have given up its principles if it cares what other countries think when there's a chemical attack and a crime against humanity".
"Moscow needs a dialogue with London not more than it (Britain) needs it (Russia)", the Foreign Ministry said.