Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger global peace and security.

What seems to be delaying that decision is the fear a strike could spark a much bigger war than anyone wants.

"We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron said.

The worry of Russian retaliation is real and there still appears to be an idea to punish Syria.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

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. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!", the President tweeted.

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The British government has signaled that it was ready to back United States military action against Syria, saying it was "highly likely" the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged.

Trump posted a tweet on Wednesday warning Russian Federation to "get ready" because missiles "will be coming" to Syria.

Syria and Russia have denied using poisonous gas in Douma on April 7, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that Moscow had "irrefutable" evidence that the attack in Douma was a "staged event".

The United States accused the Syrian government on Friday of using banned chemical arms at least 50 times since Syria's civil war began seven years ago - far higher than the number of attacks that had been publicly confirmed.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determined". USA officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday. Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" and on Thursday tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Trump has claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's administration has used chemical weapons.

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"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mr. Mattis said.

"You are a minority Government, and you need to seek the consent of Parliament before you commit the United Kingdom to any action".

French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that the country had "proof" the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Douma and would support any United States action.

According to the statement, May described the chemical attack on Douma in Eastern Ghouta as a "shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way".

He said the U.S. is trying to get an inspection team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to the site of the alleged attack.

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