In the aftermath of air strikes launched on Syrian soil by United States President Donald Trump, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has claimed that a "large part" of the Damascus government's arsenal "has been destroyed".
Mattis said the poison gas Assad said he had gotten rid of "still exists".
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Syrian media reported that air defenses had hit 13 incoming rockets south of Damascus.
Rescue workers said scores of people died in that incident. Moscow also said it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it is a permanent member, to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the USA and its allies. The New York Times said at least 43 of the victims showed signs of having been exposed to "highly toxic chemicals".
"Last night operations were very successful", White said in a press conference Saturday.
"Every American, and particularly our men and women in uniform and their families, deserve far better than action without debate, accountability, and a Constitutionally-required authorization for the use of military force", he said.
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He said those who had wronged her were among her mourners on Saturday. "But her contribution can not be overlooked", he said. Supporters from all over, many clad in the ANC colours, flocked to attend the service.
Fox News reported that US military strikes would "go forward in Syria" and said the decision was made by Trump on the evening of April 13. "It is not about regime change", she said. She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimizing civilian casualties.
Putin also denied that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Douma, saying that Russian military experts had tested the area and found nothing. "I think that's what the president is trying to do and I think he did the right thing".
Syria released video of the wreckage of a bombed-out research lab, but also of President Bashar al-Assad arriving at work as usual, with the caption "morning of resilience". "That's kind of what you have to do".
AFP's correspondent in Damascus said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am local time (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead.
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Asked if the USA and its allies would continue military operations, he said: "That will depend on Mr Assad should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future, and of course the powers that have signed the Chemical Weapons Prohibition (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) have every reason to challenge Assad should he choose to violate that".
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