Cabinet backs May's call for robust response to Syria crisis

Syrian President Bashar Assad second right greets a delegation of Muslim clerics from around the world

Syrian President Bashar Assad second right greets a delegation of Muslim clerics from around the world

Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", he threatened.

"Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, and not towards the lawful government which has been fighting global terrorism on its territory for several years", Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, wrote on Facebook.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking its Syrian ally President Bashar al-Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma near Damascus.

"He's doing exactly what he criticized Obama for doing", Mara said on Morning Edition.

Geopolitics specialist Dominique Moisi, a senior adviser at the Montaigne Institute think tank in Paris, said "we have said that we were not allowing the use of chemical weapons, that this was a red line ..."

There is no guarantee lawmakers would rubber-stamp a decision for military strikes. "But here he is taunting [Vladimir] Putin, just like he did when he tweeted to Kim Jong Un - my button is bigger than yours". "There is no reason for this".

She condemned Russian Federation for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a new body to determine responsibility for the attack, saying it meant "there can be no role now for investigations by the United Nations". "Stop the arms race?"

U.S. President Donald Trump was evasive on April 12 over when the United States might fire missiles at Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack, saying they could come at any time.

Macron did not say what the evidence is; however, he stressed France is in daily contact with the Trump administration and that they will respond "at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective". The threat applies not only to the missiles, but to their launch sites, she says.

"We can not tolerate with a war criminal", the emir said, adding, "This matter should end immediately".


Douma was the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus that once hosted a significant rebel population.

Syria has denied that it used poison gas.

The president's tweet followed a Russian diplomat's warning that Russia would shoot down any American missiles directed toward Syria.

Asked whether France would take military action, Macron said his country will continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

Meanwhile, European airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the coming days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces. Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said more than 40 people were killed.

At a two-hour meeting, the cabinet backed plans to take further action - along with the United States and France - to prevent Assad's forces from ever launching such an "appalling and inhumane" onslaught again.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.

The World Health Organization estimated Wednesday that about 500 people could have been affected by the suspected chemical attack in Douma, citing reports from its health partners on the ground.

"Whenever the Syrian army achieves victory in the field, some western countries rise their voices and intensify their movements in an attempt to change the track of events", Assad said, according to SANA.

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