The Answer Trump Needs in Syria

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2018

He said the United States is still assessing intelligence relating to Syrian President Bashar al Assad's involvement in the attack. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that USA missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

They said blood and urine samples from the scene of the attack had tested positive for both toxins.

But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

"And we mustn't let any action that we propose to take in response to a chemical atrocity drag us directly into backing one side in this appalling civil war".

USA officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

"As the President noted on April 8, the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against innocent civilians in Duma, Syria on April 7 was horrifying, and demands an immediate response from the worldwide community", he added.

But she says, "No final decision has been made".

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians, most recently in the attack on Douma that killed at least 42 people.

What has Trump said about the attack?

"In particular, there were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed", the United Nations health agency said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency cabinet meeting for Thursday, with reports indicating that she has already ordered submarines to move within missile range of Syria.

Following the meeting, May spoke to Donald Trump and the pair agreed that the United Kingdom and the U.S. would "keep working closely together on the global response", according to a statement from Downing Street.

British opposition lawmakers are calling for Parliament to be given a vote before any military action. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran.

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Assad's government had been asked to make necessary arrangements for an OPCW investigation team to visit shortly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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