Syria's deputy PM: 'US postponement is laughable'

Syria's deputy prime minister has responded to President Obama's decision to postpone a military strike against Syria.

He said: "A US decision that is a postponement. This is laughable, our military readiness has averted this aggression. We are confident and this confidence is not going to shake."

Many Syrian officials are even confident that the US Congress may turn down the possibility of a military strike, and that one might not happen at all.

It of course gives Syria's army even more time - at least another 10 days - to move equipment, to change positions, and that of course will require a repositioning by the American military.

You could say it is mess, rebels here are obviously deeply disappointed.

Many people are of course relieved that there will not be a strike tonight, but most people are absolutely stunned by this.

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Syria ready for US 'aggression'

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any "external aggression", Reuters reports, citing state television. The United States are seeking approval from Congress to take military action.