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Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

Trump is analyzing situation over Syria

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that MPs "should always be given a say on military action".

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Groundwork is being laid for an internationally coordinated military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on a rebel-held neighborhood in Syria.

In his tweet on Wednesday, Trump referred to Assad as a "gas killing animal". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

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.

Asked about possible US strikes on Syria, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".

Syrian government forces have raised their flag over the last rebel bastion in eastern Ghouta, taking full control of the town of Douma as insurgents withdraw, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, sealing a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria warned that it will have "no other choice" but to defend itself if the West launches military action.

A United Kingdom -based Syrian monitor says that troops have been emptying airports and bases, while opposition fighters have told Sky News Arabia that government-allied forces have been retreating from some positions and moving equipment. That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

Trump has never been skeptical of war, but he seeks to avoid regime change projects because his nationalist agenda has no place for the cost and responsibility of foreign nation-building (and, in recent years, cycles of insurgency, military surge, and reconstruction) they inevitably incur.




But across Western capitals opposition to military action also grew.

Earlier in the week, Trump suggested he was committed to ordering strikes in Syria.

May and Trump had also "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

British opposition lawmakers are calling for Parliament to be given a vote on military action.

It comes after a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held city of Douma at the weekend, which killed some 70 people and injured up to 500 more.

Similarly, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "proof" that the Syrian government had attacked Douma with chemical weapons, without giving further details.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

"We're looking very, very seriously, very closely, at that whole situation", the President said from the Cabinet Room. Syria has denied carrying out such an attack. The Syrian government and Russian Federation have called reports of the attack bogus.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the situation in the town of Douma, just east of the Syrian capital, is "normalizing".