Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria
Trump Considering Action to Answer Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria
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10 April, 2018

After initially blaming the USA and France for the missile attack, Russia's military says two Israeli jets fired eight missiles at the Syrian base.

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Haley told an emergency meeting at United Nations headquarters in NY.

US officials are assessing whether Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma, east of Damascus.

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Haley declared.

Saturday's attack unfolded amid a resumed offensive by the Syrian government.

Western countries have said Assad's assault on eastern Ghouta was a violation of a Security Council resolution calling for a complete ceasefire across Syria.

A USA official says the United States is examining "how best to deal with" Syria's upcoming presidency of the U.N.'s top forum on disarmament in the wake of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the war-battered country.

After President Donald Trump warned on Monday that there would be a "big price to pay" for the suspected attack over the weekend, the United States circulated to the 15-member council a revised draft resolution to establish an worldwide inquiry, which it initially suggested on 1 March.

"We're going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter", he told reporters.

Over the weekend, Syria's reported poison gas attack using barrel bombs dropped by helicopters killed at least 40 people near Damascus, including little children, and the bombs injured hundreds of others, according to Syrian opposition leaders.

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Separately, on Monday, with tensions high over the alleged chemical attack, Syria and Russian Federation accused Israel of deadly missile strikes on a Syrian regime air base.

The punitive raid did not draw United States forces any deeper into Syria's civil war, nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.

Mr Trump also criticised Russia and Iran for backing Mr Assad, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Later in the evening, he held a meeting on Syria with his top military and national security officials.

Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack. "Everybody is going to pay a price".

US President Donald Trump charged that Syria's close allies, Russian Federation and Iran, were also responsible, while Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis noted that Russian Federation had earlier assumed the role as "guarantor" of the removal of all of Syria's chemical weapons. "Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers have heard him, and emboldened by American inaction, Assad has reportedly launched another chemical attack against innocent men, women and children, this time in Douma".

The French envoy took the debate to another level later during the session. She claimed that the use of chemical weapons in Syria and around the world is becoming "normalized".

Amid the tough talk at the White House, the us military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order.

Moscow has proposed to create an independent investigative mechanism into the alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, promising, along with the Syrian army, to guarantee prompt access for experts to the site.

Following fraught negotiations and a regime bombing blitz, state media announced Sunday a deal for Jaish al-Islam to leave Douma within 48 hours and release hostages.


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