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Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil says the readiness of the Syrian armed forces has made the United States to postpone a military strike on Syria. “The Syrian army’s readiness is what warded off US aggression against Syria,” Jamil said on Saturday. US President Barack Obama delayed an imminent military strike against Syria on the same day to seek approval for the move from the Congress, which will debate the issue when federal lawmakers return from recess on September 9. The United States has its navy ships in place at the Mediterranean and the vessels await orders to launch missiles against targets in Syria. Jamil went on to say that the Syrian army is in a state of alert and ready to respond to any aggression against Syria. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has also stated that the “Syrian army is fully ready, its finger on the trigger to face any challenge or scenario that they want to carry out.” On August 21, the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that the government forces had used chemical weapons in an attack against militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar, killing hundreds of people. The Syrian government has categorically rejected the claim. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against the militants is “utter nonsense.” Putin also called on Washington to show proof that Damascus was behind the attack. The Russian president added that the US failure to do so means that “there is none (proof).” On Saturday, a UN team of chemical weapons inspectors left Syria and arrived in the Netherlands to take evidence they had gathered during their four-day trip to the attack sites to the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. DB/HSN
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