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Trumps statements on Syria have evolved from candidate to president

The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday, April 7 at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct US assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. The strikes mark an evolution for President Trump who while campaigning for the seat he now holds said he would not attack Assads forces because the Syrian leader was fighting Isis. Apr 8, 2017
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Trumps statements on Syria have evolved from candidate to president

The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday, April 7 at a Syrian airbase from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, the first direct US assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war. The strikes mark an evolution for President Trump who while campaigning for the seat he now holds said he would not attack Assads forces because the Syrian leader was fighting Isis. Apr 8, 2017
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UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: We fully support the American action in Syria

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said something had to be done after an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government on its own people. Fallon said on 7 April he was given advance notice of Americas decision to launch missile strikes on the airfield from where the alleged chemical weapons originated. Prime Minister Theresa May was kept informed about the strikes throughout, he said, and supported the US fully. Apr 7, 2017
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UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: We fully support the American action in Syria

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said something had to be done after an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government on its own people. Fallon said on 7 April he was given advance notice of Americas decision to launch missile strikes on the airfield from where the alleged chemical weapons originated. Prime Minister Theresa May was kept informed about the strikes throughout, he said, and supported the US fully. Apr 7, 2017
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Syrian army official condemns US missile strikes

The Syrian army said a US missile attack on one of its air bases on Friday (7 April) killed six people and caused extensive damage, adding that it would respond by continuing its campaign to crush terrorism and restore peace and security to all of Syria. A statement from the army command described the attack as an act of blatant aggression, saying it had made the United States a partner of Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other terrorist organisations.U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross around 0040 GMT on Friday, striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons. Apr 7, 2017
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Syrian army official condemns US missile strikes

The Syrian army said a US missile attack on one of its air bases on Friday (7 April) killed six people and caused extensive damage, adding that it would respond by continuing its campaign to crush terrorism and restore peace and security to all of Syria. A statement from the army command described the attack as an act of blatant aggression, saying it had made the United States a partner of Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other terrorist organisations.U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross around 0040 GMT on Friday, striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons. Apr 7, 2017
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Syrian foreign minister denies the use of chemical weapons

Syrias Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem held a press conference on 6 April in the countrys capital Damascus to deny accusations of the use of chemical weapons. Concerns have mounted in the international community after at least 70 people were killed and a large number of others wounded in a gas attack in a rebel-held area in Syrias northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday.Al-Moallem said two statements have been issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government forces that firmly denied the use of chemical weapons.If the international community could form objective, neutral and fair investigative teams which would not be affected by pressure from other countries, al-Moallem said the Syrian government is willing to allow such teams to investigate the incident in Idlib.However, it is very difficult to be totally neutral, the minister pointed out. Apr 7, 2017
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US launches cruise missile strike on Syrian air base

President Donald Trump ordered military action against the Assad regime in Syria in response to the horrific Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack believed to have been carried out by government forces. Up to 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired at an air base in Homs where aircraft that carried out the attack, possibly with sarin gas, are thought to have been based. The missile strike was not announced earlier, but strong rhetoric had come out of the administration before the action was taken. Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump said: I call on all civilised nations in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria. Apr 7, 2017
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Distraught father cries for entire family killed in Syria gas attack

Youssef Abdel Hamid, a resident of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, lost more than 20 members of his extended family in the 4 April chemical attack, including his wife Dalal and their two infant children Aya and Ahmed.The use of a chemical agent was confirmed on 6 April by Turkish autopsies of the bodies. Apr 6, 2017
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Trump condemns Syria chemical attack: It crossed a lot of lines for me, beyond the red line

Speaking at a joint White House news conference with Jordans King Abdullah on Wednesday (5 April), US President Donald Trump declared that his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad had crossed a lot of lines. He said the recent chemical weapon attack on civilians in Syria prompted him to re-evaluate his attitude towards Assad. The attack in the rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 73 people, including 23 children. Apr 6, 2017
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Journalist captures moment air strike hits Khan Shaykhun Hospital in Syria

Following a suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, several media activists entered the town’s hospital to report on the victims being treated before what was described as a “double-tap air strike” on the hospital. This video, captured by a local activist Fadi al-Halabi, was taken from inside the hospital during the moment of the air strike. Apr 5, 2017
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Theresa May condems chemical weapons attack in Idlib

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, and continued calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be removed from power. May also urged the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons to investigate the incident and said there can be no future for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a stable Syria Apr 5, 2017
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Dozens killed in ‘chemical weapons attack’ in Syria

At least 58 people have been killed and dozens injured in a suspected chemical attack on 4 April. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a choking substance had been dropped by Syrian government or Russian jets on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, a pro-opposition town. Damascus has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. Apr 4, 2017
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Assad’s hands are ‘stained with the blood of the Syrian people’ claims opposition

The Syrian opposition delegation participating in the fifth round of the Syria peace talks that resumed in Geneva on Friday (25 March), said it will not accept any presence of Bashar al-Assad in the war-torn country’s peace process.The delegations of the Syrian government and opposition groups arrived at the Palace of Nations on 27 March and respectively talked with the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy. The government delegation’s head, Bashar al-Jaafari, did not issue any statement after the meeting, while the head of the opposition delegation, Nasr al-Hariri, reiterated the opposition’s stance at a press conference after the meeting. Mar 28, 2017
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Dozens killed in Damascus after suicide bomber detonates inside judicial building

At least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on judicial buildings in the Syrian capital of Damascus on 15 March. An attacker detonated a suicide vest inside the Justice Palace, injuring a large number of people as well. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a spate of bombings in areas of Syria controlled by the Assad regime. Mar 15, 2017