Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

US President Donald Trump is weighing all options on the table with regard to Syria as he holds the Syrian regime and Russian Federation responsible for the latest chemical weapons attack, the White House said today, adding that no final decision has been taken yet on the military response.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes there was a chemical attack in Syria and that the United States is looking for the evidence. "There's enough verification that the Syrians dropped chemicals out of helicopters in barrels using the type of nerve agent that they like to use on their citizens and it's a weapon of mass destruction". For example, he said, "a few years ago, there was a warning about Russian Federation firing missiles from naval assets in the Caspian Sea".

Trump wrote in a Thursday morning tweet that an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all". "You don't have to be partners with animals that kill their people and take pleasure in it!" he said.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs it, strongly oppose the claims, which they say are fabricated. Late Monday, the White House confirmed he'd spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron for the second time in two days.

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russia-U.S. military hotline to avoid casualties in a case of a U.S. blow, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

But Mattis said collecting evidence becomes more hard as time passes.

Assad said Thursday that Western countries were lashing out after they lost their "bet" on opposition forces in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital.

Macron said Thursday that France has proof the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". The White House said he would consult further with allies.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has summoned her Cabinet back from vacation to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any USA military action.

Russian Federation announced on Thursday that the Syrian government is in full control of a town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by rebels and was the site of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend.

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.

He also noted that France would decide whether to strike Syria when all the necessary information has been gathered.

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

The Russian ministry says 1,500 left the town in the past 24 hours. Syria has strongly denied the accusations.

There was no immediate confirmation or indication from Assad's government that Syrian troops entered Douma on Thursday.

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