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Blood Samples Show Nerve Agent, Chlorine Used in Syria Attack

Blood Samples Show Nerve Agent, Chlorine Used in Syria Attack

Why do we concern ourselves with the civil war in Syria only when chemical weapons are used ["Trump vows quick response to attack in Syria", front page, April 10]?

Loud explosions lit up the skies over the Syrian capital, as Trump announced the airstrikes.

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged caution on attacking Syria.

The UK has begun air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites. It was not immediately clear whether Trump meant the allied military operation would extend beyond an initial nighttime round of missile strikes.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said Britain should press for a U.N. -led investigation rather than follow the lead of the United States.

The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change".

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 USA strikes. He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use. President Bashar Assad's government denies responsibility.

The Pentagon was expected to provide details later Thursday.

Later, a White House readout of their call said Trump and May "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".

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USA officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

Russian Federation meanwhile continued to warn against any use of military force against its Syrian ally.

In a statement released on Thursday night, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump about Syria this evening".

Trump told Moscow on Wednesday to "get ready" for an American missile strike in Syria, after a Kremlin diplomat said that any rockets aimed toward Russian forces there - as well as any plane or ship that fired them - would be targeted. The report said the Syrian air force uses the base to launch strikes on Eastern Ghouta. But the damage was limited, and a defiant Assad returned to episodic use of chlorine and perhaps other chemicals.

Friday's strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that USA officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

At a congressional hearing in Washington, defence secretary General James Mattis also signalled caution, saying the the president had not yet decided whether military force would be part of the U.S. response in Syria.

In his nationwide address, Trump stressed that he has no interest in a longtime fight with Syria.

Mr Trump said the United States was not seeking an "indefinite presence" in Syria. "As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home".

There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria, advising forces fighting against Islamic State fighters clinging to ever-shrinking territory, particularly along the border with Iraq.


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