This came hours after US President Donald Trump took to his Twitter handle to vent out his exasperation over an alleged chemical weapon attack in Douma, criticising the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for backing 'Animal Assad'.
"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!" tweeted the US President.
The Pentagon denied any role in the military airbase attack in Homs and issued a statement, "At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting airstrikes in Syria. However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable."
However, the regime rejected the claim, calling it a "fabrication" by Jaish al-Islam, the Islamist group controlling the area. Russia, which has backed Assad throughout the seven-year-long civil war, rejected the claim as well.
Trump's rants, however, remained to be the highlight of the criticisms that were aimed towards the Syrian and Russian governments. It also, perhaps, came as a bit of a surprise as Trump has often been criticised for his lack of the same towards his Russian counterpart for his country's alleged involvement in the meddling of the 2016 US presidential election.
Former US President Barack Obama had once said that the use of chemical weapons, which is banned under international treaties, which Syria remains a part of, was a 'Red Line' for the US' strategy in the Syrian Civil War.
Chiding his stance, Trump, in another tweet said, "If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!" (ANI)