Trump weighs military options in Syria

Trump weighs military options in Syria

Assad's main ally Russian Federation has repeatedly issued warnings to the United States that it will shoot back at missiles, warships and jets if they strike against Syria, bringing the U.S. and Russian Federation into direct conflict for the first time.

Mr. Mattis said he personally believes Syria is guilty of an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons, while noting that the global fact-finding team would likely fall short of determining who was responsible. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned on Thursday that threats of Western military action in response to an alleged chemical attack would only lead to further chaos in the region.

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming".

Britain's Ministry of Defense refused to comment on reports that Royal Navy submarines armed with cruise missiles have been dispatched into range of Syria.

That may prove too little, too late.

According to a series of tweets from, Thomas Wictor, a self styled military historian and story teller, a recent commando attack on the Syrian Tayfur military airbase was carried out by Saudi Arabia.

The UN Security Council, tasked with maintaining worldwide peace and security, has been riven, with Moscow virulently denying the Douma attack took place, or postulating that it was carried out by rebels.

In Paris, France's Emmanuel Macron upped the pressure on Moscow by stating he had "proof" that the Assad's regime had used chemical weapons, and vowing a response "at a time of our choosing".

After meeting for more than two hours, the Cabinet backed May's plan to work with the US and France "to coordinate an worldwide response".

There is no guarantee lawmakers would rubber-stamp a decision for military strikes.

Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis.

National security experts anxious about whether strikes would actually serve to deter Assad.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters on Wednesday.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and United States officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking its Syrian ally, which is also supported by Iran, and says there was no chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma. The fact-finding mission of the OPCW is to start their work in Douma on Saturday.