Trump delays Syria strike decision

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The suspected poison gas attack in Douma, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against.

Syria's ongoing conflict started as a local protest movement in the southern city of Dara'a before expanding into a full-fledged civil war by 2012. Qatar hosts the United States' main air operations center for the Middle East, which would coordinate any American air attack in Syria. He said the U.S. administration under Trump's command is conflicted and taking "bizarre" decisions without a strategic vision.

"Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

At the House hearing, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, disputed Trump's legal authority to act without congressional authority and suggested a United States strike would lead to war with Russian Federation.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilised nations as a force for stability and peace", he argued.

President Donald Trump just tweeted a warning that an attack on Syria is imminent - breaking his own policy of not signaling upcoming military moves.

He said the supposed chemical attack was a hoax staged by the secret service of a "certain state" hostile to Moscow.

Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, told Lebanese daily al-Joumhouria: "The conditions do not point to a total war happening.unless Trump and (Israeli leader Benjamin) Netanyahu completely lose their minds". "Big price to pay".

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said global relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in an apparent reference to Trump's tweets.

Both May and Macron said strong evidence pointed to the Assad regime committing the Douma massacre. "They are crimes of a monster instead". As the administration prepares a counter response to the latest attack, which appeared to target civilians and young children, Mr. Trump warned in a tweet Wednesday morning that some sort of missile strike was forthcoming.

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In a statement issued following the meeting, it said there had been agreement around the cabinet table that such actions should not go "unchallenged" and that the United Kingdom would continue to work with the U.S. and France to co-ordinate an global response.

The western leaders apparently found this convincing enough reason to launch a punitive strike, but other observers are concerned that the crisis could escalate.

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned that Trump was taking America down a risky path.

A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S.in 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 UN chief spoke by phone with the ambassadors from the five permanent council members - Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States - to express his "deep concern" about the deadlock at the council over Syria.

And he stressed the need "the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control".

Macron said of the use of chemical weapons, "The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed". The Russian position is that they'll not only shoot down the missiles but also the sites from which those missiles have been launched, which could be a fighter jet carrier, which could be a submarine or could be a military base.

Trump's National Security Council was meeting Friday evening at the level of agency deputy heads, she said.

In New York, Russia's United Nations ambassador warned the priority in Syria was to avert US-led strikes that could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

"Israel, Saudi Arabia, and even elements within the USA government are likely to try and use this situation to push Trump to assume a more forceful position against Iran on the ground in Syria", Barnes-Dacey added.


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