Syria’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi’s comments were carried on state television.
"The Syrian army is fully ready, its finger on the trigger to face any challenge or scenario that they want to carry out," AFP quoted him as saying in a written statement aired on television.
Only hours after U.N. inspectors left the country after investigating the aftermath of suspected chemical weapons attacks said to be perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a security official said on Saturday that Syria Syria is expecting a military strike "at any moment."
"We are expecting an attack at any moment. We are ready to retaliate at any moment," an unnamed Syrian security official told AFP news agency.