Donald Trump, May condemn Assad's "disregard for human life" in Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2018

More than 13,500 Syrian rebel fighters and their families left Douma this month under a so-called evacuation deal between the rebels and the Russian military, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Meanwhile, Syrians are bracing for a possible attack in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack on Douma.

Mrs May is likely to make the case for military action on the basis that it is necessary to deter future gas attacks.

"The way the people that perpetuate these false flags [sic] say that Assad is gassing his own people, at the same time, he's winning the war and the people are flocking back in to go to the territories that he has returned to the government of Syria", explained Paul.

May spoke with Trump on Thursday night about the global response to Syria, and they "agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of unsafe behavior in relation to the use of chemical weapons", according to a statement a Downing Street spokesperson shared with CNN.

The Syrian conflict pits a complex myriad of parties against each other with Russian Federation and Iran giving Assad military and political help while fractured opposition forces have had varying levels of support at different times from the West, Arab states and Turkey.

It was unclear if the strikes will deter Assad from again using chemical weapons.

Activists, local rescuers and rebels in Syria claimed that the Syrian government forces used chlorine gas on Saturday in an attack in Douma, a rebel-held area near the Syrian capital Damascus.

What might France and the United Kingdom do?

She said that at an emergency British cabinet meeting in London last Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

French President Emmanuel Macron said earlier that any French strikes would target chemical facilities in the wake of Saturday's attack on the city of Douma.

Defense Secretary Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied.

"We are extremely uncomfortable about the fact that some countries who have confidence on their military power are using Syria as their arm-wrestling field", he said.

The Russian military on Thursday said the Syrian government is in control of town on the outskirts of Damascus that was the site of suspected chemical attack over the weekend.

Mr Mattis, who United States officials said had earlier warned in internal debates that too large an attack would risk confrontation with Russian Federation, described the strikes as a one-off to dissuade Assad from "doing this again".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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