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US says it has proof Syria carried out Douma gas attack

 

White House and state department say with ‘very high confidence’ that regime was responsible

 

Patrick Wintour and Ewen MacAskill in London, Julian Borger in Washington and Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

Fri 13 Apr 2018 21.15 BST

 

 

 

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A video released by the Syrian civil defence force White Helmets shows medical workers treating children after the attack on Douma
Photograph: AP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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RAF base in Cyprus prepares for potential strike on Syria

 

Akrotiri is at the sharp end of British military presence in the eastern Mediterranean

 

Helena Smith in Akrotiri

Fri 13 Apr 2018 14.24 BST

 

 

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A British soldier at the gated entrance to RAF Akrotiri
Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/13/raf-base-in-cyprus-prepares-for-potential-strike-on-syria-akrotiri

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The bombings are limited and targeted attacks on chemical facilities and air defense sites. 

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Syria: Trump may bluster but James Mattis is calling the shots

 

The US defence secretary has remained focused on targeting chemical weapons

 

Simon Tisdall

Sun 15 Apr 2018 09.21 BST First published on Sun 15 Apr 2018 06.59 BST

 
 
 
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US defence secretary James Mattis managed to restrain the president over the extent of airstrikes on Syria
Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Assad's brutal strategy survives regardless of Trump's victory tweet

 

Syrian regime free to fight on without chemical weapons with greater US engagement ruled out

 

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor

Sun 15 Apr 2018 13.31 BST

 

 

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Syrian police units waving their national flag and giving the victory sign as they enter the town of Douma.
Photograph: AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/assad-brutal-strategy-survives-regardless-trump-victory-tweet

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Defiant Assad praises Moscow as Putin criticises west's strikes

 

 

Syrian leader welcomes Russian delegation one day after missile strikes by US-led coalition

 

Andrew Roth in Moscow

Sun 15 Apr 2018 12.28 BST

 

 

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Syrians wave Iranian, Russian and Syrian flags during a protest in Damascus against the US-led missile strikes.Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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It was right to strike, but only bringing Russia to the table can end the Syrian conflict

 

Military action alone won’t oust the dictator. The west needs to prosecute a political strategy that leads to a negotiated settlement

 

Sun 15 Apr 2018 06.00 BST Last modified on Sun 15 Apr 2018 09.15 BST

By  Lina Khatib
 
 
 
 
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A child from Douma, the Syrian rebel stronghold attacked with chemical weapons
Photograph: Nazeer Al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/15/right-to-strike-but-only-bringing-russia-to-table-can-end-syrian-conflict

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Russia claims Syria air defences shot down 71 of 103 missiles

 

 

Moscow says Syria’s Soviet-era systems downed majority of US, UK and French missiles

 

 

Peter Beaumont and Andrew Roth in Moscow

Sat 14 Apr 2018 11.07 BST

 

 

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Col Gen Sergei Rudskoi said Syrian military facilities had suffered only minor damage
Photograph: Vadim Savitsky/Tass
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Syria bombing is a disgraceful act disguised as a noble gesture

 

The US-led barrage shows just how little interest the global powers have in ending Syria’s ghastly war

 

Sat 14 Apr 2018 15.42 BST Last modified on Sun 15 Apr 2018 14.43 BST

By  Moustafa  Bayoumi
 
 
 
 
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‘Regional and global powers now exploit Syria for their own advantage and apportion out its territory for repeated bombing.’
Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Syria: chemical weapons inspectors denied access to Douma site

 

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons unable to access sites controlled by Russia and Syria

 

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

Mon 16 Apr 2018 12.40 BST

 

 

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Syrian forces walk in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus
Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image

 

Emmanuel Macron had to act in Syria after making chemical weapons his red line

 

 

Mon 16 Apr 2018 05.00 BST

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel Macron rides in a military vehicle on the Champs-Élysées following his official inauguration in 2017
Photograph: Michel Euler/EPA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Macron : I never said US and France would stay in Syria for long term

 

French president denies suggesting he convinced Trump to maintain military presence

 

 

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris, and Jon Henley

Mon 16 Apr 2018 16.04 BST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/macron-trump-syria-strikes-troops

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The Syria powder keg: danger in rush for influence on crowded battlefield

 

It’s debatable when the world last found itself in such a perilous situation – and there are disturbing echoes of the eve of the first world war

 

Julian Borger in Washington

Sun 15 Apr 2018 12.41 BST

 

 

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Syrian soldiers inspect the wreckage of a building described as part of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre compound in the Barzeh district, north of Damascus
Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Syria: Russia says chemical weapons inspectors will be allowed into Douma

 

Inspectors to visit site on Wednesday, but US envoy raises fears of Russian tampering

 

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

Tue 17 Apr 2018 12.57 BST

 

 

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Russian military police officers check a weapons factory reportedly left behind by rebels in Douma
Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The west’s strikes were not for Syrians, whose fate is now sealed

 

Military action by the US, France and Britain at least offered an opportunity for political progress, but that was not taken

 

Tue 17 Apr 2018 14.54 BST

By  Haid Haid

 

 

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Bombed-out buildings in Douma, eastern Ghouta
Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chemical weapons inspectors' security team fired on in Douma

 

OPCW chief says UN team came under small arms fire and an explosive was detonated

 

Kareem Shaheen in Istanbul and Patrick Wintour

Wed 18 Apr 2018 16.22 BST

 

 

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A man walks near the site of the chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria
Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Syria: US in talks over Arab force to replace American troops

 

Problematic proposal is backed by national security adviser John Bolton but could worsen conflict

 

Julian Borger World affairs editor

Wed 18 Apr 2018 07.53 BST

 

 

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A US military base in al-Asaliyah, Syria. Donald Trump is keen to withdraw American troops
Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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