Any more strikes on Syria would make global ties chaotic, Putin says


Inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog met Syrian officials in Damascus on Monday but have so far been denied access to the former rebel stronghold where the alleged use of toxic substances provoked a US -led strike.

But US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Friday that the missiles were a "one-time shot" for now, but that the strike sent a "strong message" to "deter" Assad from carrying out another chemical attack.

Russian military officials were at the site of the Douma attack days before the OPCW reached Damascus, leading to fears that the site might have been tampered with.

"We know that it is now up to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad on whether he is going to use chemical weapons again, and should he use it again, the president has made it very clear that the United States is locked and loaded and ready to go", she said.

Syria and Russian Federation have also denied that any chemical attack took place, and so far there has been no independent confirmation of civilian casualties.

Renewed air raids were also carried out on civilians homes in the cities of DeirFoul and Qunaitrat, the organization said.

"I think it is very hard to say mission accomplished if the mission is to deter the use of chemical weapons", Sen. "We remain postured to protect our forces and those of the coalition should anything occur", the general said. The Syrian government and its Russian ally deny involvement. The team arrived in Syria shortly before the airstrikes and met with Syrian officials.

The Syrian government regained full control of Douma on Saturday, following a surrender deal with the rebels who had controlled the town just east of Damascus.

"The possibility of an open conflict with Russian Federation is not zero, and any time it's not zero we need to be careful", Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) told me on Thursday.

The UK, US and France have presented plans for a ceasefire in Syria in the wake of their joint airstrikes on the war-torn country.

Protesters used a metal grinder to try to cut off the statue's feet and tug it down with ropes before riot police intervened and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities. He spoke in an interview with Turkey's NTV television Monday.

Hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in Damascus on Monday to show support for the Syrian government's armed forces after the airstrikes by the US and its allies, The Associated Press reported.

The rally in Omayyad Square in Syria's capital Damascus was described on state TV as a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army". They also set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire.

U.S. President Donald Trump lauded the "perfectly executed" strike, the biggest global attack on President Bashar Assad's regime during Syria's seven-year war, but both Damascus and Syria's opposition rubbished its impact.

Doctors and aid organizations on the ground reported strong smells of chlorine, and described symptoms consistent with exposure to sarin, the senior us officials said.

Story by The Associated Press with additional information from CGTN America.

The Ambassador said a "pre-designed scenario" was being implemented in response to the strikes which the United States was a "one-time shot" targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.

The Pentagon says none of the missiles were shot down.

Prime Minister Theresa May will face questions from MPs on Monday, when parliament reconvenes after a break.