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Syria Claims Missile Strikes on Its Bases; Pentagon Says US Not Attacking

Sunday, 08 April 2018 09:47 PM

Syrian state media on Monday said a missile strike on an army air base had killed and wounded several people, without giving exact casualty numbers, after the United States warned Damascus over an earlier suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town.

"Dead and wounded in the missile strike on the Tayfur airport," state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

The strike on the air base in the central province of Homs came as international outrage mounts over an attack on Saturday in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Pentagon officials told the Wall Street Journal there was no truth to reports that the U.S. had launched an attack against Assad bases in Syria.

The BBC said air strikes hit a Syrian military airport with loud explosions heard, a report that comes hours after President Donald Trump warned there would be a "big price to pay" after Saturday's chemical attack against civilians in the Syrian rebel enclave of Douma reportedly killed 70 people.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Sunday night about the attack, and both agreed to "coordinate a strong, joint response" per a White House readout.

A statement from the Elysee Palace said Macron “strongly condemned the chemical attacks on April 7 against the population of Douma,” and added that the leaders shared information “confirming” the use of chemical weapons.

Reuters and AFP contributed to this report.

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Pentagon officials on Sunday told the Wall Street Journal there was no truth to reports that the U.S. had launched an attack against Assad bases in Syria.Pentagon officials say there is no truth to reports that US has launched an attack against Assad bases in Syria. - Dion...
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