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British PM May summons ministers to discuss possible military action in Syria

British PM May summons ministers to discuss possible military action in Syria

Mr. Mattis said he personally believes Syria is guilty of an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons, while noting that the worldwide fact-finding team would likely fall short of determining who was responsible.

In 2015 lawmakers approved United Kingdom strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria, but not on government forces.

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

"We believe that would have an extremely destructive impact on the whole Syria settlement process". The Cabinet's approval for action raised the likelihood of Britain joining France and the USA in a military response against Syria's government.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television.

"We continue to consider it extremely important to avoid any steps that could lead to more tension in Syria", Mr Peskov said.

Top-level Israeli security officials met Wednesday to prepare for scenarios in which Israel is attacked by Iran or Syria, following a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump declaring he would bomb Syria.

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The French president, who said he was in daily contact with President Trump, said any strikes would go after Syria's "chemical capabilities".

Wictor's tweets shared a number of photographs, which he said were from the scene of the attack, which appeared to show that new aerial munitions which might have been used. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a U.S. strike could lead to a conflagration with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

Since Saturday, when images of ashen toddlers struggling for breath emerged from Douma - the main city in the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus that has been a crucible of revolt against Bashar Al-Assad's regime - there has been a sustained military buildup in the eastern Mediterranean.

Theresa May received unanimous cabinet backing for United Kingdom military action against Syrian regime targets after senior ministers were briefed by Sir Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, on the intelligence case pointing to President Assad's culpability for the Douma attack.

The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an worldwide response.


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