Trump lauds USA administration for handling IS in Syria

Trump lauds USA administration for handling IS in Syria

He said that because the USA had no one at the site of the suspected chemical attack last Saturday, the U.S. has no hard evidence of what happened.

US President Donald Trump and Western allies are considering military action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the reported poison gas assault on Saturday in the town of Douma, which had long had held out against a government siege.

That assertion from Trump, who huddled with top national security advisers Thursday, came a day after he tweeted that a U.S. retaliatory attack could be "very soon or not so soon at all!"

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

Damascus said reports of a gas attack are false.

Defense Secretary James Mattis is scheduled to testify before Congress on Thursday morning, but Martin reports the military chief is unlikely to reveal anything about Pentagon plans for a strike against Syria.

More than 40 Syrians, including men, women and children, choked to death after a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma on Saturday.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the U.S. will strike Syria, but kept the timing a mystery.

The Russian Navy plans to carry out exercises with real fire off the coast of Syria on Wednesday, while in Moscow, the Ministry of Defense has reported that it was closely following the movements of United States warships to the Arab country. Speaking on TF1 television, Macron said, "We have proof that chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine" in recent days, by Syrian President al-Bashar Assad's government. Moscow said that this was a "significant event in the history of Syria", meaning that the whole of Eastern Ghouta had come under the control of government forces.

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The recent attack on Douma came after months of warnings that the "de-escalation zone" status of Eastern Ghouta had become "a farce", as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in February, when the US accused Russian Federation and Syria of carrying out attacks on civilians, targeting medical facilities, and using siege tactics.

Inspectors from the worldwide Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a fact-finding mission would start work in Douma on Saturday. -Russian hostilities. TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail. "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!" tweeted Trump.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow sought no escalation of the situation, but that it could not support "dishonest accusations" and it had found no evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Douma. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, while the Syrian flag was raised over the central mosque, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Trump lashed out at Russia and Iran for its support of Assad the next day - notably calling out Russian President Vladimir Putin by name.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determined".

"Germany will not take part in possible - there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that - military action", Merkel said following a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin.

US officials are acknowledging the risk of retaliation drawing Washington and Moscow - both of which have troops in Syria - into direct military conflict. "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation considers the use of chemical weapons a threat to global peace and security, and those responsible must be held accountable". The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

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