UK ministers agree need to deter Syrian use of chemical weapons

Russian President Putin accompanied by Deputy PM Rogozin and Moscow Mayor Sobyanin visits the historical Space Pavilion opened after a renovation at the the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy in Moscow

Russian President Putin accompanied by Deputy PM Rogozin and Moscow Mayor Sobyanin visits the historical Space Pavilion opened after a renovation at the the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy in Moscow

The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for US strikes.

"We can not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons", he said in a statement.

Analysts are puzzled by the logic of Trump's decision to stand up against "Gas Animal Assad" by raining explosives on Syria and killing Syrians. The strikes will be coordinated with France and the United Kingdom.

Note that Trump said "major decisions" would be made within 48 hours - not that military action would happen within that window, which is now closed.

"Again, we are being threatened. This action risks unsafe escalation in a very complex and volatile war", Greens leader Richard Di Natale said.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissable", he added.

The suspected use of chemical weapons has drawn the West back into Syria's seven-year conflict.

"It was a heavy strike", Mattis said of the attack on Assad's chemical weapons facilities.

Damascus is seen as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

A huge fire could be seen from a distance to the east.

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The first target was a scientific research center in the greater Damascus area, where research, development, and production, and testing of chemical and biological "warfare technology" was being conducted. Syrian media claimed that air defences hit 13 rockets south of Damascus. An AP reporter in Damascus says the attacks turned the sky orange.

While the prospect of US-led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East, the White House on Friday accused Syria of carrying out a toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, near Damascus.

As a result, Western officials are instead pressing a moral argument, saying Assad must be stopped from using particularly cruel and outlawed weapons.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

But that the USA did not want an "indefinite presence" in Syria and would only stay until Islamic State was destroyed. "As other nations step up their contributions we look forward to the day we can bring our warriors home".

EARLIER: US President Donald Trump has confirmed "precision strikes" against Syria are underway.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday "we have proof that chemical weapons were used last week, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the Assad regime".

Trump said that the objective of the response "is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

The allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were eager on Friday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Trump.

"Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its coverups", she said. The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep.

Syria: UK Government deciding on action
Ministers agreed that May should continue to work with the United States and France to come up with the right response. The Downing Street statement did not mention parliament, and a spokeswoman did not comment on those reports.

Medical sources say dozens of people were killed, including children, during the alleged toxic bombing of the formerly rebel-held town of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region. "I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

He said: "As our chief of the general staff said a couple of weeks ago, Russian Federation would shoot down the missiles and its carriers and I don't think he was joking, that's a very serious situation and that's true".

As he spoke, Syria's air defence systems swung into action, according to state television reports. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons. "Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States".

Witnesses told CNN that they heard explosions in the capital city of Damascus and that they began while Trump was making his address.

There have been no reported US, UK or French losses.

"But, Sarah", ABC's Jonathan Karl countered, later in the briefing, "the president was direct in talking about missiles".

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!" he tweeted, referring to US missiles.

As representatives of a resource specializing in aviation monitoring Mil Radar, April 12, several American aircraft were on reconnaissance operations off the coast of Syria with the Sicilian base in Sigonella.

United States officials said that ship-launched missiles and planes were involved in the attacks, and British officials said that missiles launched from GR4 Tornados warplanes had hit a plant near Homs believed to be used for precursors for making chemical weapons.

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