The Recent Attack In Syria Got Headlines, But Others There Haven't

Trump vows 'major' decision; Putin warns against 'provocation'
The Recent Attack In Syria Got Headlines, But Others There Haven't
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10 April, 2018

President Trump, who is weighing his options after reports of a horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria over the weekend, vowed to make a decision on a course of action in 24 to 48 hours.

Earlier he told his Cabinet at a White House meeting that the us would figure out who was responsible for the attack, whether it was Syria, Russia, Iran or "all of them together".

President Donald Trump said that the United States is now examining the evidence and that military force remains an option. Especially considering the last time a known major chemical weapon attack happened nearly exactly a year ago, Trump responded by shooting off 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government air force base. It follows a weeks-long government offensive in which more than 1,600 people were killed.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis yesterday pointed towards Russia's role, and said he would not rule out a military response.

The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, singles out Sunday's attack on Douma in the Damascus suburbs, and expresses "outrage that individuals continue to be killed and injured by chemical weapons" in Syria and "determination that those responsible must be held accountable".

"I see nothing to indicate that President Trump has constrained the possible military responses", Cafarella said.

In April 2017, more than 80 people died in a chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun - another Syrian town held by anti-government forces.

The council met publicly on Monday over the latest suspected chemical weapons attack.

During a stormy council meeting, the Russian ambassador warned that a U.S. military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.

A limited US airstrike against Syria - similar to a year ago - is unlikely to hurt President Bashar Assad's growing strength in his country or change the course of the civil war, analysts said Monday.

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"We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction", she continued.

Iran is one of Assad's strongest backers and has sent thousands of troops and allied militiamen to support his forces.

So, how likely is it that President Trump will respond with tougher action against Russian Federation and Syrian President Assad this time?

"My country, Syria, stresses its unlimited cooperation with the OPCW to fulfill the commitments stated in the convention of the prohibition of the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons", he said. "Were talking about humanity, and it cant be allowed to happen", he said.

It briefly appeared in the early hours of Monday that action had been taken, as Syrian state media reported missile strikes on an airbase, but blame later fell on Israel which has carried out repeated strikes on regime targets.

"And so, working with our allies and our partners from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere, we are going to address this issue", Mattis said in brief remarks to reporters as he began a meeting with the emir of Qatar.

"The use of chemical weapons absolutely requires a response from the United States".

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied involvement in the attack.

After capturing most of Ghouta, Syria and Russian Federation secured two negotiated withdrawals last month that saw 46 000 rebels and civilians evacuate.

Haley also said: "We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies".


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