Britain's UN ambassador calls Russian military assertion that the UK staged a chemical attack in Syria "a blatant lie."

Map. History of Syria conflict

20 April 2018
Sen. John McCain issued a statement praising President Trump's decision to strike Syria as punishment for the chemical weapons attack. But McCain also called on Trump to set a "comprehensive strategy" in both Syria and the Middle East.
Pro- government Media broadcasts live from the Umayyad Square Which is surrounded by several sensitive military sites that could be targets for missile strikes
Coalition: To people of Rukban and the 55km, this morning the coalition and its partners conducted a military air strike operation. We are not at war with Regime. If anyone attacks regime u will not be supported by the coalition forces.
5 day ago
Syria strikes included: -TLAMs from 3 destroyers: Porter, Cook and Higgins. French Mirages, British Tornados, US B1 bombers (According to a US official)
Russian Foreign Ministry: Western media bears part of responsibility for strikes
MPs of Russian State Duma call for the convening of an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly
Russian Foreign Minister: The strikes came at right opportunity to achieve peace in Syria
Here's @JustinTrudeau statement on the Syria attacks tonight.
Unconfirmed reports from Hezbollah sources that all missile operators in the Hermel area have been ordered to their sites. Special Forces infantry in the south have reportedly been mobilized to their positions in anticipation of an escalation of hostilities with Israel.
5 day ago
CNN: At least one US warship in the Red Sea took part in the strikes
Gen. Dunford: Russian guns and missiles remained silent during US, UK, French strikes, said only response came from Syrian military who fired some surface-to-air missiles to no effect
Syrian capital Damascus all quiet after an hour of strikes by US Britain and France on Syria
Syria says joint attack 'flagrant violation,' 'doomed to fail'
5 day ago
In addition to U.S. Navy warships, U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers also took part in strikes against Assad government in Syria: officials
Russian Ambassador responds to the U.S. on Syria strikes: "The worst apprehensions have come true. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences."
US allies in the MiddleEast, while not directly part of the operation to degrade/destroy Syria's chemical weapons capabilities, were briefed on/involved in some of the planning, including for possible response later from Iran, per defense official
NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg: "I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against the Syrian government's chemical weapons facilities and capabilities. This will reduce the government's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons"
US defense officials say about 100-120 missiles launched by US against Syria government chemical weapon targets
Mattis: We expect a disinformation campaign from Russia.
Syrian presidency tweets "Good souls will not be humiliated" after airstrikes by US, UK, France.
5 day ago
Mattis: Expect full 'disinformation' campaign from Syria, Russia and/or Iran following US, UK, French strikes
Pentagon: We are confident that chlorine has been used and we do not rule out sarin yet
SecDef Mattis said today's strike against the government used "double the amount of weapons" compared to the April 2017 strike
Dunford: we didn't clear any targets with the Russian. Deconflicted airspace with the Russians. Done through normal channels in Qatar
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Dunford: "We specifically identified the targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved"
Mattis says he became confident in the evidence yesterday, after he testified that they were still searching for evidence.
Pentagon: We have not coordinated with the Russians on these operations
Pentagon: We have not received any reports yet of any losses as a result of the first operations
5 day ago
Mattis: US, UK, French strikes are "one-time shot" in Syria, unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons
Dunford: initial SAM from Syrian government, only retaliation aware of at this time (in response to question about Russian response) - operation done for now.
Mattis: "Right now, this is a one time shot." Says he believes Assad will get the message and be deterred from doing this again.
Dunford: Targets stuck and destroyed were part of the Syrian government's chemical weapons program
Defense Sec. Mattis: "These strikes are directed at the Syrian government. In conducting these strikes, we have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties."
The US defense secretary says Assad's government will be punished as well as ISIS
Missiles striking Syria launched from Qatar's Al-Udeid Badr: Al Mayadeen
"What you've seen tonight is not the end of the US response..it's not over" US official tells
Witnesses from Damascus: a third wave of rockets fall on areas in the Syrian capital
Syrian State TV claims Syrian air defenses have down 13 missiles in the area of al-Kiswah, located south of Damascus
Syrian State TV claims Syrian air defenses have down 13 missiles in the area of al-Kiswah, located south of Damascus
CNN is reporting explosions in Aleppo too. The Republican Guard is hit.
Shadow missiles used against military facility 15 miles west of Homs, believed to be site of chemical weapon precursors - UK Defence Ministry
MoD four RAC Tornado GR4s launched Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility – a former missile base – fifteen miles west of Homs minutes ago
British Ministry of Defense: 4 Tornado participated in the raids
Local Sources: the US airstrikes targeted Hezbollah headquarters in Quseir, countryside of Homs
Another explosion in Syria5 day ago
Another explosion in Syria
Israeli intelligence shared intelligence on targets to identify and strike in Syria tonight. - Fox News
U.S strike began on Syria
@FoxNews reporting that B-1 bombers are involved in ongoing Syria Strikes.
Macron says he ordered the French army to intervene in Syria
Strikes targeted Republican Guard objects at Mount Qassion
Al-Domair airfield was bombed by missile
Explosion at Scientific Research in Barzeh
NOTAM and navigation warnings in force around Cyprus for Sat 14th April5 day ago
NOTAM and navigation warnings in force around Cyprus for Sat 14th April
Residents in Lebanon report hearing explosions on the Syrian side of the border, indicating that multiple targets are under attack - Sky News Arabia
Local Sources: Damascus airport is completely destroyed and the fires could be seen from everywhere
Mezzeh Military Airport has been attacked by the US airstrikes on Syria
[email protected]'s @barbarastarrcnn has confirmed that manned aircraft and ship-launched Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack.
British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria
Theresa May confirms that Britain were involved in the strike
Syrian media saying Barzeh hit.
Reports coming out of strikes vs Jemraya District, Damascus. Jemraya is where the Scientific Studies and Research Centre is located
5 day ago
[email protected]: "Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria."
Facebook live video that was showing what seems to be the aftermath of an explosion in Damascus.
Pro-government "Damascus Now" outlet claiming strikes are hitting areas around the capital. Syria
Syrian air-defenses are defending the sky of Damascus
Pentagon: There will be a press briefing at 10 p.m. EDT, tonight, April 13, in the Pentagon Briefing Room on operations in Syria
5 day ago
[email protected]: "In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons."
Trump: "Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that god will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. We pray that god will guide the whole region toward a future of dignity and of peace."
President Trump: "To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"
Damascus: Weapons are being shot Into the Air trying to shoot down rockets or something else
5 day ago
[email protected]: "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian government stops its use of prohibited chemical agents."
The Islamic State notebook also includes a hand-drawn map of territorial control in Syria, which appears to have been drawn somewhere between February and March 2016: it has lost Shaddadi to the SDF (Feb 19), but the group is still in control of Palmyra (lost to SAA on Mar 27).
"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations" per @POTUS
Putin promised the world in 2013 Russia would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons, notes @POTUS.
Syrian air-defenses are active as big explosions heard in Damascus
5 day ago
[email protected]: "A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad."
President Trump orders strikes on Syrian targets following last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria.
Precision strikes ordered on chemical weapons sites in Syria and attack underway with UK and France, says @POTUS.
Sounds of explosions can be clearly heard in Eastern Damascus
President Trump has approved U.S. military strikes in Syria: administration official
US administration official confirmed that a decision to strike Syria has been taken.
Trump is expected to make a statement about Syria in 30 minutes. Press Pool at @WhiteHouse is being told to gather.
"I don't believe it," a senior @WhiteHouse official tells of @BBCNews report that @POTUS is to make a major announcement tonight. "It's a no."
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence 'rushing back' to hotel in Peru amid speculation about possible U.S. military action in Syria; reporters at the White House told to stand by - NBC/CNN
32,000ft heading over Iran - Russian Air Force IL76 RA78847
15 Hours after departure from NAS Sigonella - FORTE10 continues to carry out it's task in the Eastern Mediterranean West of Lebanon and Syria at 56,000 feet6 day ago
15 Hours after departure from NAS Sigonella - FORTE10 continues to carry out it's task in the Eastern Mediterranean West of Lebanon and Syria at 56,000 feet
U.S. still looking into 'exact kind or mix" of the chemical agent used in the attack - State Department
WH: NSC meeting this afternoon is "at the deputies level." - @PressSec
Iran has granted Russia overflight and landing rights for strategic bombers, presumably for Syria operations
6 day ago
"There is another national security meeting this afternoon on the deputies' level" to discuss Syria, confirms @PressSec.
6 day ago
"We have a very high confidence" Syria responsible for the chemical attack in Douma, says @PressSec in response to question about Russia alleging it was staged by UK.
Sanders: Confident that Syria is responsible for the chemical attack and Russia due to their failure to prevent it
The White House Spox Sanders says Trump spoke with Macron once again earlier today. Conversations on Syria with allies and partners continue
The US State Department: The Syrian regime is responsible for the attack in Douma
6 day ago
"Syria had responsibility in this chemical weapons attack" and US also holds Russia responsible for failing to stop it," says @PressSec.
Supply and reinforcement for Russia's Syria campaign continues: Russian Gov chartered, Russia flag RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko transits Bosphorus en route to Tartus carrying Project03160 Raptor, BMK-T bridge erection boat, Ural 4320 trucks. @YorukIsik pics  @reuterspictures @ReutersWorld6 day ago
Supply and reinforcement for Russia's Syria campaign continues: Russian Gov chartered, Russia flag RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko transits Bosphorus en route to Tartus carrying Project03160 Raptor, BMK-T bridge erection boat, Ural 4320 trucks. @YorukIsik pics @reuterspictures @ReutersWorld
Britain's UN ambassador calls Russian military assertion that the UK staged a chemical attack in Syria "a blatant lie."
Supply and reinforcement for Russia's Syria campaign continues amid rising international crisis in Middle East: BSF Tapir class LST Nikolai Filchenkov 152 transits Med-bound Bosphorus en route to Tartus Syria for its first deployment in 2018 after 7 months of repairs.6 day ago
Supply and reinforcement for Russia's Syria campaign continues amid rising international crisis in Middle East: BSF Tapir class LST Nikolai Filchenkov 152 transits Med-bound Bosphorus en route to Tartus Syria for its first deployment in 2018 after 7 months of repairs.
Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says Britain told the White Helmets first responders to fake the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma
US ambassador to the United Nations says President Trump 'has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria.'
British delegate to UN: The Syrian government is a danger to the international community
British delegate to UN: Russia breaks international treaties and ignores international law
UK envoy: The Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack
The French delegate: The use of the Assad government of chemical weapons is a flagrant violation of international law
Russian Ministry of Defense: Russia has evidences that U.K involved in "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta
Nikki Haley: Assad used chemical weapons at least 50 times and there are estimates of up to 200 times
Nikki Haley: Russia has blocked the mechanism of investigation using chemical in Syria
Nikki Haley: Russia defended the Assad government and its continued use of chemical weapons
US Ambassador Nikki Haley: Russia has ignored the real threat to international security, the use of chemical weapons in Syria
There should be no rush to launch military action on Syria, but 'at one point you have to do something', says US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley
Russian delegate to UN: We warn against repeating the scenarios of Iraq and Libya in Syria
The Russian delegate to UN: The military action of Washington in Syria may eliminate all diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis
Russian delegate to UN: The negative developments in the Syrian crisis will have serious repercussions
António Guterres: systematic violations of international law in Syria since the beginning of the crisis
#UN Secretary General António Guterres tells Security Council emergency session on Syria- the Cold War is back
UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez: The situation in the Middle East threatens global security
A session of the Security Council shortly after a Russian request to address the situation in Syria
Haley: We are waiting for information to make the final decision on Syria
An Israeli reconnaissance drone flying in the northern Lebanese province of Akkar near the border with Syria
Kremlin: Putin warns Macron of any reckless and dangerous actions in Syria
[email protected]: Between April 6 and April 12, US-led Coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes targeting ISIS, 10 strikes in Syria and 5 in Iraq
France's foreign minister has cancelled trips to Albania and Slovenia because of rising global tensions around Syria
The Russian ambassador to the UK accuses the White Helmets of staging "fake chemical attacks" in Syria
Macron wants to 'intensify' dialogue with Russia on Syria: French presidency
Russian ambassador to the UK likens possible military action against the Syrian government to the Iraq war
France confirms a phone call on Syria between @EmmanuelMacron and Putin
Reuters: Macron tells Putin in phone call he wants to intensify dialogue with Russia to bring peace to Syria
Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko says Syrian Government had warned that rebels could stage a chemical attack
Russian officials who visited Douma in Syria did not find traces of chemical substances - Russian ambassador to the UK
6 day ago
Turkey President @RT_Erdogan says he discussed steps for peace in Syria during discussions with Russia President Putin and @POTUS
Atmosphere around Syria very alarming, says Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov
Lavrov: Russia has irrefutable evidence that the incident in the Syrian Duma was a show organized by the special services of one of the Russophobic states
Lavrov: Any military moves on Syria will lead to new waves of immigration to Europe
Lavrov: We are in constant contact with the American side on Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: I think the investigation team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in Duma will not find evidence of the use of chemical weapons
German government spokesman says Germany will do everything it can to maintain political pressure on Russia over Syria
Islamic State Releases Pictures Showing Targeting Of SAA Bulldozer On The Outskirts Of AbuKamal.
"We want to increase political pressure on Russia. If Russia doesn't change its behavior we won't be able to solve Syria crisis", says German foreign minister @HeikoMaas in Brussels
The UN Security Council schedules another emergency meeting at Russia's request on the threat to international peace from possible air strikes on Syria by the US and its allies
British ministers back action to deter Syrian chemical weapon use
Syrian Air Force Su24 noticed in Kweiris airbase, Aleppo province
One civilian was killed in artillery shelling on Al Lataminah town of Northern Hama
Artillery and missile shelling of the system on Tallaf in South Hama
US Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo says Turkey entering into Afrin took an already incredibly complex situation, and put another twist into a cartwheel. He also accuses Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani to try to carve up Syria during the last summit held in Ankara.
US Navy P8 Poseidon 168433 heading  Eastern Mediterranean from Sigonella, USAF Global Hawk AE54B5 circling off the coast of Lebanon6 day ago
US Navy P8 Poseidon 168433 heading Eastern Mediterranean from Sigonella, USAF Global Hawk AE54B5 circling off the coast of Lebanon
Jeremy Corbyn says "the Government appears to be waiting for instructions" from President Trump on how to proceed in Syria
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says UK military intervention in Syria risks "escalating an already devastating conflict" and the UK should press for an "independent UN-led investigation" of the alleged chemical attack
Russian Defense Ministry: Russian military police deployed checkpoints at Douma
IS cells south of Qaryatayn and near rebel-held E Qalamoun pocket launch attack on SAA positions in Mahasaah region in E Homs countryside.
Guardian: Preparations for a possible Russian counter attack on the British base RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus were underway on Thursday in the event of US-led military action in Syria.
@SenatorMenendez at today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Pompeo's nomination: "Turkey is supposed to be our NATO ally," but it "is fighting the same Kurds that we have depended upon to defeat [ISIS]"
Pro-SAA Popular Resistance In Eastern Region targets USA military base (former SAA 93th Brigade) at AinIssa in N Raqqa countryside  (12 April 2018)1 week ago
Pro-SAA "Popular Resistance In Eastern Region" targets USA military base (former SAA 93th Brigade) at AinIssa in N Raqqa countryside (12 April 2018)
[email protected]: president Trump met with NSC members, has yet to make final decision on Syria.
President Trump to discuss Syria with France's Macron and UK's May later Thursday, according to White House
1 week ago
"President Trump just finished a meeting with his National Security team to discuss the situation in Syria. No final decision has been made. We are continuing to asses intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies," says @PressSec.
1 week ago
After hours long meeting, the British Cabinet has "agreed on the need to take further action" to deter further use of chemical weapons in Syria. The Prime Minister will "continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an international response"
1 week ago
Britain: We must take the necessary steps to prevent the Assad government from chemical weapons use in the future
Cabinet backs PM on Syria, agreed chemical weapons use cannot go unchallenged and agreed the need to take action to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. No more specifics, prob guided by the fact the US is still to publicly agree its position.1 week ago
Cabinet backs PM on Syria, agreed chemical weapons use "cannot go unchallenged" and agreed "the need to take action to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad government." No more specifics, prob guided by the fact the US is still to publicly agree its position.
US Navy P-8A 168431 PS023 and US Navy P-8A 168439 PS024  are currently on task over the Eastern Mediterranean operating West of Latakia and Tartus, Syria.1 week ago
US Navy P-8A 168431 PS023 and US Navy P-8A 168439 PS024 are currently on task over the Eastern Mediterranean operating West of Latakia and Tartus, Syria.
Russia calls for UN Security Council meeting on Syria
Russia's UN ambassador says top priority is to avert war in Syria, doesn't rule out possibility of US-Russian conflict.
U.S. seeking extradition of five Bulgarians over Syria embargo breach: Sofia prosecutor
Russia's UN ambassador urges Washington and its allies not to take military action in Syria
Russia's delegate to the UN Security Council: The Security Council's priority should be to avoid war in Syria
Pompeo says Trump has the authority to attack Syria without congressional authorization, pursuant to his inherent constitutional authorities. Murphy presses him on the limiting principle. Pompeo concedes there's no attack or imminent threat thereof on US by Assad government
US officials: We have received blood samples from the victims of the attack in Douma. Confirms the presence of chlorine and nerve gas
CNN: U.S. Officials: Urine samples from Douma victims test positive for chlorine, nerve agent.
Source to CNBC suggests Washington plans to strike eight targets in Syria
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