Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

'I never said when attack on Syria would take place' Trump Twitter

'I never said when attack on Syria would take place' Trump Twitter

US President Donald Trump said yesterday he was holding meetings to discuss the crisis in Syria and that a decision would be taken "fairly soon" on threatened missile strikes in response to the suspected poison gas attack on a rebel stronghold.

Trump has reportedly been moved by images of the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian city of Douma outside of Damascus all week, calling it "atrocious".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on she had authorised British forces to conduct precision strikes against Syria.

She also refuted the accusation of Russian Federation in the United Nations meeting earlier on Friday that Britain was behind the Syria attack, saying Moscow tried to "completely change the story" and "turn it upside down".

In addition, ministers were said to have "agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Trump said that he made a decision to take action because last weekend's action by Bashar Al-Assad "was a significant attack against his own people", and "not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead".

Amid the mounting tension, Moscow politicians last week warned the United States that Russian Federation would view an air strike on Syria as a war crime.

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Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump announced the airstrikes from the White House.

Syrian state TV said the army's air defenses were confronting an attack by the United States, France and Britain. Syrian television reported that a scientific research centre had been hit.

But by trying to get around the established rules on using force, "we're liquidating the legal structures built since World War II", Saulnier said, warning of a return to "gunboat diplomacy".

The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Russian Federation has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria on Friday.

President Trump's order to strike Syria Friday night was as predictable as his Saturday morning tweet storms.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", Haley said at a U.N. Security Council meeting.

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Statements from Washington have been militaristic, ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, and threats by the USA and France were a violation of the United Nations charter.

The second target was a chemical weapons storage facility deemed to be the primary location of Syrian sarin gas and pre-production equipment.

The Syrian Army reports shooting down 20 US, UK and French missiles.

Perhaps in preparation for a strike, Syria repositioned some of its aircraft from bases earlier in the week, a US official told ABC News.

Syria and Russian Federation have denied any involvement in the alleged attack.

Anti-aircraft fire is seen over Damascus, Syria early April 14, 2018.

Mattis said on April 12 that Trump has yet to decide on whether he will pursue military action in Syria.

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