Trump cancels trip to Peru summit as he readies Syria response

Syrian news agency reports missile attack; 8 missiles shot down

Syrian news agency reports missile attack; 8 missiles shot down

Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to the events in Syria.

"We can't let atrocities like we all witnessed - and you can see that and it's awful - we can't let that happen", Trump said at the start of a meeting with senior military leadership on Monday, including his new national security adviser John Bolton.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US would not rule out military force against the Assad regime.

Meanwhile, a USA official on Monday confirmed to Fox News that Israel conducted an airstrike on a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria on Sunday night.

Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House on April 9, 2018.

Iran is one of President Bashar Assad's strongest backers and has sent thousands of Iran-backed gunmen to back his forces.

Syrian government forces were on high alert and taking precautionary measures on Tuesday at military positions across the country amid fears of a U.S. strike.

Last week, Trump said the United States was strongly considering taking US troops out of Syria. Sen.

Diplomats said that the resolution would likely be vetoed by Russian Federation, which has blocked similar efforts in the past.

Medics on the ground in Douma - the last besieged town that was under opposition control in the enclave of eastern Ghouta, near Damascus - reported that hundreds of patients arrived on Saturday night with symptoms of exposure to toxic chemicals.

In a statement, the OPCW said: " The OPCW Technical Secretariat has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment.

Jaberi Ansari further emphasized that the clear and transparent stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the main victim of chemical weapons, is that using such weapons by any country or party is totally unacceptable.

President Donald Trump has condemned the "heinous" suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said he'll make a decision on the US response within 24 to 48 hours. That attack was widely blamed on government forces, who denied responsibility.

Several hours after the invitation, the OPCW said it will "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma to probe the alleged poison gas attack.

Both also stressed that who was to blame still needed to be confirmed.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the OPCW should be granted unfettered access to investigate the reports.

The U.S. military has a wide range of warplanes and other capabilities in the Middle East. At the same meeting she asked if Russian Federation had become a tool of Iran or the Syrian government, since their aircraft had carried out a massive amount of bombings on rebel positions.

Thousands of opposition fighters, along with tens of thousands of civilians, are still in Douma.

The town has been heavily bombed by Syria and Russian Federation and cut off by the regime, making it extremely hard for media including AFP to independently verify the claims.

Zasypkin said his warning was was only reiterating a March statement from the Russian military that said the same.

"At midnight, the army command put all military positions on alert, including airports and all bases, for a period of 72 hours", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

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