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Syrian Airbase in Homs Province Hit by Missile Attack

10 April 2018

Last April, after the Syrian government used sarin, a prohibited nerve agent, in an attack on another rebel-held town, Mr. Trump ordered a retaliatory strike against a Syrian air base. The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated. "However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable", the Pentagon's statement reads.

A military spokeswoman for Israel, which on occasions in the past has struck targets inside Syria, declined to comment on explosions at T4.

AP quoted SANA saying it was "likely to be an American aggression" though US officials told the organization no American military action had been taken.

According to the source, the Syrian air defense systems shot down eight missiles while repelling the attack.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in the air base attack included Syrian, Asian and Arab nationals, who were allied with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian government denied staging Saturday's suspected poison gas assault on Douma.

As worldwide officials worked to try to confirm the chemical attack, Trump took the rare step of directly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the incident.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump warned the Syrian government it would pay a "big price" for the suspected chemical weapons attack.

He even included Vladimir Putin, the Russian president in his rage against the chemical attacks on the civilians in Syria. "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world".

The EU appealed in a statement on Sunday that Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran "use their influence to prevent any further attack and ensure the cessation of hostilities and de-escalation of violence" as agree under a United Nations resolution.

"Big price to pay", he added.

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The Syrian government had denied that any chemical attack had taken place, describing the rumours as "fabrications" and an attempt to deter armed forces from advancing on the city.

"It is necessary to warn again that military intervention under invented and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where at the request of the lawful government there are Russian military personnel, is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to the most serious consequences", the statement reads.

The attack demonstrated the multi-faceted nature of the Syria conflict, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad and now involves several countries and various insurgent groups in a web of alliances.

The Pentagon was suspected to be conducting air strikes in Syria after receiving threats about chemical attacks.

One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

Three Iranians were killed in an air strike on a Syrian air base near Homs on Sunday, Iran's Fars news agency said, as Syria and its main ally Russian Federation blamed Israel for carrying out the attack.

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Ultimately, however, the Syrian government agreed to destroy its stockpiles of the weapon, and the US did not respond with strikes.

Former US President Barack Obama had once said that the use of chemical weapons, which is banned under global treaties, which Syria remains a part of, was a "Red Line" for the US' strategy in the Syrian Civil War.

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Syrian Airbase in Homs Province Hit by Missile Attack