Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

According to media reports, a Russian official said that Russia is ready to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria by the United States, while the US side threatened military options at any time.

Formally, the prime minister has the right to go to war without approval from parliament, but a convention has been established in previous conflicts where MPs have a vote either before or shortly after military action begins.

What has Trump said about the attack?

But he tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!"

Conservative former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage".

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".

"What we've got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other", Julian Lewis, the chairman of the House of Commons defence committee, told the BBC.

USA aircraft and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple U.S. defense officials.

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The U.S. and its allies have threatened to take military action in response to an alleged chemical attack last weekend. The Syrian president on Wednesday made a public appearance with a group from an global Muslim body in Damascus. "We're looking very, very seriously, very closely at the whole situation", he told reporters. United States lawmakers questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to order strikes without Congressional approval and opposition parties voiced concern. He made a decision not to travel to Latin America so that we could focus on this.

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that USA missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

But since then he's suggested he'll wait for further advice from military advisers and USA allies.

Military strikeUS President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, 11-04-2018.

Opposition activists, rescue workers and medics say dozens of people died in a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday. Officials said Thursday the trio has yet to reach firm agreement on the scale or timing of a response.

Russian Federation has warned the United States that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries.

Merkel stressed the importance of a united position in the face of a suspected chemical weapons attack that the West is blaming on President Bashar Assad's forces.

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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. Mattis told lawmakers he hasn't seen firm proof that Assad's regime was behind the attack, though added that he believed it was.

The White House says it is continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies on how to respond.

Citing US estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" in the seven-year war, Haley said: "All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

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.

In warning against a missile strike, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that such a move could destroy evidence on the ground and interrupt the work of global investigators.

The Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "Smart rockets ought to fly towards terrorists and not at a lawful government".

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