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Trump threatens Syria strike, cancels summit travel

Trump threatens Syria strike, cancels summit travel

The Assad regime murdered hundreds of thousands of people so far and forcefully displaced millions of people. "We work with the international community, the United Nations to get the Geneva process underway and make certain that we don't allow this war to go on", Mattis said. And he insisted it remains US policy not to be involved directly in Syria's civil war. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".

"France will shoulder its responsibility to end an intolerable threat to our collective security", he added, before calling for an end to the "chemical weapons escalation in Syria".

Ahead of the meeting, Haley sounded a note of caution, saying there should be no rush to launch air strikes even though "at some point you have to do something".

Later Thursday he was noncommittal.

"We are studying that situation extremely closely".

Given the chemical attack last week, which appears very similar to the one Syria launched last year, a strong message needs to be sent that the use of chemical weapons will not be politely ignored or tolerated. Syria has denied carrying out such an attack. "It is Russia alone that used its veto 12 times to protect the Assad regime".

Russian electronic warfare capability has long been observed by the West, especially since Russia annexed Crimea and supported the continuation of a war in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region. "He is going to break the law to save it, reminding me of the old U.S. strategy in Vietnam of destroying a village to save it. And we know how well that turned out". Initial reports indicated the use of chlorine gas, possibly in addition to the nerve agent Sarin.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 percent saying it was not necessary and 21 percent undecided.

That walked back a Trump tweet Wednesday that announced strikes "are coming", and warned Syrian ally Russia against trying to shoot the U.S. missiles down.

The attack took place in eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining strongholds of anti-government rebels in the country.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency put the number of Iranians killed in the missile attack at seven. Russia has also evacuated soldiers and missiles from the Al-Dumayr airbase and redeployed them to Damascus.

A common concern voiced about this, and most other, alleged chemical attack in Syria is that information from the site is not completely reliable.

Trump is reportedly considering options, including the "missiles" he hinted at on Wednesday.

After an emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday, Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, urged the United States and its allies to refrain from military retaliation in Syria.

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