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Trump weighs military options in Syria

Trump weighs military options in Syria

Tokyo issued a similar response in April previous year when the United States conducted a missile strike on a Syrian air base that was the alleged source of a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians.

Japan plans to avoid expressing direct support for actual USA military action against Syria, in an attempt to avoid damaging negotiations with Russian Federation over a decades-long territorial row, government sources said Thursday.

Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". He said he has been talking regularly this week with U.S. President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was convening a meeting of her Cabinet on Thursday afternoon, at which she is expected to make the case for supporting the USA in any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

That prompted Mr Trump to tweet: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime
Erdogan underlined that Assad regime's attacks with both chemical and conventional weapons should end. Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

The Assad regime is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks, say US officials.

On the ground in Syria, rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest assaults of the seven-year war and a major win for the Assad regime. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any US military action. "We need to know where that's going, what the objective of it is before we take that act".

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".

Asked about the risks of USA military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

United Nations boss urges restraint after strikes on Syria
Russian Federation has described the reports of a chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention. France's foreign minister has cancelled trips to Albania and Slovenia because of rising global tensions around Syria .

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

The statement made no specific reference to military action.

Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria. May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed. France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

It has been observed in subsequent military deployments in Libya and Iraq and many British lawmakers and voters are deeply sceptical of deepening involvement in the Syrian civil war. Multiple Islamic State retaliatory attacks have targeted French soil, including just last month.

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