Trump attempts to cloud timing of potential Syria strike

Trump attempts to cloud timing of potential Syria strike

Trump attempts to cloud timing of potential Syria strike

The UK Cabinet agreed at a meeting on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was highly likely responsible for the alleged chemical attack and that Prime Minister Theresa May should coordinate the response to the incident with the United States and France. She told her senior ministers on Thursday the Douma events showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of worldwide legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons.

"But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree".

A White House statement released later said the United States is continuing to assess intelligence and is engaged in conversations with its partners and allies.

Theresa May received unanimous cabinet backing for United Kingdom military action against Syrian regime targets after senior ministers were briefed by Sir Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, on the intelligence case pointing to President Assad's culpability for the Douma attack.

Mr Peskov said the Kremlin was closely following Syria-related announcements from Washington and reiterated a Kremlin call for restraint. 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 has consulted with USA allies, particularly France and the United Kingdom, about a coordinated response to the suspected chemical attack, but officials say they have not reached a firm agreement on scale or timing.

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

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Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "It is a very, very delicate circumstance, and we've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis, knowing exactly ... how strong the evidence is".

President Donald Trump on Thursday softened his rhetoric about potential airstrikes on Syria, a day after warning Russian Federation that missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart'".

Trump had vowed to take swift and decisive action against Syria since reports of a suspected poison gas attack on a rebel enclave that killed dozens of people.

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

The French president does not need parliamentary permission to launch a military operation.

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.

"The Syrian government denies responsibility". France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Russian Federation has blamed Syrian opposition forces for the attack. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

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