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Syria says US threats 'reckless escalation': state agency

AFP  |  Damascus 

today described US Donald Trump's threats of missile strikes on the country in response to an as a "reckless escalation", state agency said.

"We are not surprised by such a reckless escalation from a regime like the which has fostered and continues to foster terrorism in Syria," reported an official source at the foreign ministry as saying.

Damascus, which refers to all rebels as "terrorists", has almost entirely expelled opposition fighters from their former outside since mid-February.

Trump said Wednesday that "missiles will be coming" in response to an in Ghouta's last rebel holdout of Douma at the weekend.

"It's not at all strange that it (the United States) supports the terrorists in Ghouta and condones their fabrications and lies to use them as a pretext to target Syria," the official source said.

Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people.

The United States, Britain and have argued the attack bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the (OPCW).

and its ally have rejected the accusations as "fabrications".

Last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the later pinned on Assad.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

It has since spiralled into a complex war involving world powers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:45 IST
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