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Trump pledges swift U.S. response to Syria chemical attack

10 April, 2018, 19:15 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Trump slammed the "horrible attack" and vowed to respond "forcefully".

However, there has been no independent verification of the SAMS report-though the U.S. State Department believes the report is credible.

Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, while not confirming that Israel had carried out the attack, said: "We would not allow Syrian land to be a springboard for game-changing weaponry to Lebanon, we would not allow the building of an Iranian army in Syria and we would not allow the opening of another front on the Golan Heights".

"If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all them together, we'll figure it out and we'll know the answers quite soon", Trump said. He added: "Everybody's gonna pay a price".

On John Bolton's first day as national security adviser, Trump is being pushed to embrace a policy of Cold War confrontation with Russian Federation and a US war with Syria.

Nick Heras, an analyst at the Centre for a New American Security, said Israel appeared to have seized on a moment of worldwide outrage over Douma to strike Syria.

"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the USA that armed force under a mendacious pretext against Syria where - at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions". Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking global tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".

The Pentagon's comments came as Trump prepared to convene with his top military brass Monday night for a working dinner focused on Washington's response to a chemical attack in which dozens of people were killed Saturday night outside of Damascus. The government of President Bashar Assad has denied using poison gas.




Washington s main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad.

"There was no chemical weapons attack", Nebenzia told the Security Council. He noted that Russian Federation was a guarantor of a 2013 agreement to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons arsenal, suggesting Moscow shares blame for the suspected gas attack. Americans rose up as one and said we do not want another Middle East war. They include sea-launched cruise missiles aboard ships within range of Syria.

Haley urged the council to take action, but warned that the United States was ready to respond, with or without the United Nations.

Britain, France, the United States and six other countries requested the urgent meeting after toxic gas was allegedly used in the rebel-held town of Douma, killing at least 40 people.

President Donald Trump plans to confer with senior military leaders Monday, after he threatened a "big price to pay" for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria that killed women and children.

"There was no chemical weapons attack", Mr Nebenzia said.

The guided missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, the weapon of choice in a USA attack one year ago on an airfield in Syria following an alleged sarin gas attack on civilians.

The estimates of how many people died in the suspected chemical attack range from 42 to more than 60 people, but medical groups say numbers could rise as rescue workers gain access to basements where hundreds of families had sought refuge from bombing. He wrote on Twitter that "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible" for their support of, in his words, "Animal Assad".

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