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Syria airstrikes 'had limited impact' on Assad's ability to launch chemical attacks, despite Trump claims

Syria airstrikes 'had limited impact' on Assad's ability to launch chemical attacks, despite Trump claimsUS, British and French missile strikes on Syria had a limited impact on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, US assessments have reportedly shown. Donald Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished” after the attacks, which members of his administration claimed had struck the heart of the country’s chemical weapons programme. The US, Britain and France destroyed three targets tied to Syria’s weapons programme, the most important of which was the Barzah Research and Development Centre.



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James Mattis urged Trump to seek congressional vote for US airstrikes in Syria but was overruled 'because president wanted to be seen acting on his tweets'

James Mattis urged Trump to seek congressional vote for US airstrikes in Syria but was overruled 'because president wanted to be seen acting on his tweets'US defence secretary James Mattis reportedly urged Donald Trump to seek congressional approval for airstrikes on Syria but was overruled by the president, who wanted to be seen as backing up his bellicose tweets with action. Mr Mattis warned an overly aggressive response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma risked igniting wider conflict with Russia and stressed the importance of public support for military campaigns, government officials told the New York Times.



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The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in Syria

The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):



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Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensions

Israeli PM issues veiled warning to Iran over Syria tensionsJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a veiled warning to Iran, saying in a Memorial Day speech that his country will defend itself against anyone that tries to harm it.



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Syria says false alarm set off its air defenses

Syria says false alarm set off its air defensesA false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and no new attack on Syria took place, Syrian state media and a military commander said on Tuesday. Syrian state TV reported overnight that anti-aircraft defenses had shot down missiles fired at an air base in the Homs area, and a media unit run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said missiles had also targeted an air base near Damascus. The incident underscored fears of a further escalation in the Syrian conflict after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets on Saturday and an air strike on an air base the previous week that Damascus blamed on Israel.



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Trump overruled Mattis on Congress vote on Syria strikes: NYT

Trump overruled Mattis on Congress vote on Syria strikes: NYTRachel Maddow shares breaking news from the New York Times that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wanted Donald Trump to get congressional approval before military strikes on Syria but was overruled by Trump.



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U.S. suggests Russia, Syria may tamper with Douma evidence, Moscow denies it

U.S. suggests Russia, Syria may tamper with Douma evidence, Moscow denies itBy Laila Bassam and Anthony Deutsch DAMASCUS/THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria on Saturday. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron faced criticism from political opponents over their decisions to take part in the air strikes.



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Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in SyriaBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian “air force” deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units.



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Syria: The Largest (and Most Important) Conflict of the 21st Century

Syria: The Largest (and Most Important) Conflict of the 21st CenturyThe Syrian conflict, which appears that it will drag on for a decade, has been a source of regional instability and chaos. Justifying airstrikes against Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump harkened back one hundred years to World War I. “Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare,” he said on April 14. The Syrian war conjures up many past conflicts with commonalities to saber-rattling of the Cold War and the fragmentation of the Thirty Years War.



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Satellite Images Show a Research Center in Syria Before and After Airstrikes

Satellite Images Show a Research Center in Syria Before and After AirstrikesThree sites were targeted by a launch of more than 100 missiles



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