Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

UK's May ready to approve military action over Syria attack

UK's May ready to approve military action over Syria attack

President Trump earlier tweeted: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria". The 87-year-old former president compared the tensions to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and said he feels "great concern".

In fiscal year 2019, the government assigned $15.3 billion's worth of Department of Defense funds for United States operations in the troubled Middle Eastern country.

James Mattis, US defence secretary, did not rule out any military action against Assad's forces, while US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned Washington was ready to "respond" to the attack regardless of whether the Security Council acted or not. Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.

Douma was attacked late on Saturday in a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group. But in the past four weeks alone more than 133,000 people have fled, with tens of thousands more trapped inside its largest town, Douma, UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in a statement Tuesday.

A child affected by an alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend.

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Andrei Klimov, the head of an upper house committee that investigates foreign meddling in Russian affairs, proudly said on the top talk show on Russian state TV that his relative, a Soviet pilot, won a medal for combat duty in Vietnam.

More than 70 people "sheltering in basements" in Douma died on Saturday, the organization said, and 43 of these deaths were related to "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

According to the rescuers, some 40 people were killed in a chemical attack that the West has blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, prompting strong denials from Moscow. But Syria and Russian Federation have denied that charge.

Soon after the suspected gas attack, Trump said those responsible would pay a "big price".

An American official said the USA was discussing with allies whether they would participate in a retaliatory strike.

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An even more threatening situation may evolve if the US and its allies use manned aircraft, and the Russian strike results in casualties.

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Assad's government had been asked to make necessary arrangements for an OPCW investigation team to visit shortly. The OPCW is based in The Hague. Russia downplayed the incident at the time, saying the dead Russians were private mercenaries not affiliated with the government.

But a source quoted in the report said "Syrian-Russian military commanders" began operations in Ghouta to repel the coalition once they learned of the plans.

"That significantly limits the number of options available to the United States, because the Russians are embedded in many cases with the Syrians".

Trump said no action was "off the table" and also conferred with Vice President Mike Pence and his new national security adviser, John Bolton. Trump suggested Monday he had little doubt that Syria was to blame, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence.

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Mario Ritter adapted this story from VOA News for VOA Learning English.

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