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The OPCW declared that the Syrian government’s chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.
“As president, I will do everything in my power… to give the police the authority that would allow them to protect citizens from those who put their lives in danger,” Djukanovic said during the campaign.
An already difficult battle plan – which required hitting Assad without provoking Russian reprisals or injecting the US further into Syria’s seven-year civil war – was getting harder.
Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions of the US and its allies.
The Russian military said Saturday that the three countries fired 103 cruise missiles including Tomahawk missiles at Syria but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 of them.
“They will not benefit (from the attack) as they went to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in the past years and committed such crimes and did not gain any benefits,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday warned against a “full-blown military escalation” in Syria, as France and the United States said an alleged chemical attack must not go unanswered.
The current situation appears much more tense, with Russia openly threatening to directly oppose an American attack on Syrian soil. With various officials vowing to protect the troops on the ground, neither Russia’s determination nor its capabilities to resist the attack are in dispute.
Moscow’s envoy to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin stressed that “the Russian forces will confront any US aggression on Syria, by intercepting the missiles and striking their launch pads.”