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Trump says Syria attack could be 'soon or not so soon'

Trump says Syria attack could be 'soon or not so soon' Trump says Syria attack could be 'soon or not so soon'
Melinda Barton | 13 April, 2018, 02:23

Donald Trump responded to reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria this past weekend with a series of military threats, levied on Twitter against both embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and one of the country's primary allies, Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "They agreed that reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible and if confirmed, represented further evidence of the Assad regime's appalling cruelty against its own people and total disregard for its legal obligations not to use these weapons".

But she said the United States holds Russian Federation and Syria responsible for the incident.

That deterred the U.S. administration of Barack Obama from similar action.

"And we believe that those responsible should be held to account". "There have been no other sources", Tekin told Sputnik Turkey.

When Trump says "smart" missiles, he means missiles that use precision guidance systems based on lasers or satellite-powered GPS to pinpoint and strike targets with exactitude.

In the United Kingdom, sources told the BBC that Prime Minister Theresa May looked ready to join military action in Syria without seeking parliamentary consent first, as she is understood to be reluctant to ask the U.S. to hold off any action while she consults MPs.

But it also raises questions of how significant a USA strike can be without ruffling Russia's feathers and of how committed Russian Federation is to protecting the Syrian government from Western attacks. A suspected chemical weapons attack Saturday in a Damascus suburb killed at least 40 people, many of them children.

Syria and Russian Federation have denied any chemical weapons were used and have given permission for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate the site in Douma.

Al-Jaafari was quoted by SANA news agency as saying that the Syrian government was ready to facilitate the teams' entry into any point in Douma, Eastern Ghouta's largest town.

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that the majority of the people killed in the attack had signs of being exposed to "highly toxic chemicals". "For Russia the conflict around Syria has always been about bigger things, primarily the new world order, the rules-settling, changing what Moscow has seen as detrimental U.S. policies". They've apparently evacuated a lot of the main airports and military bases.

The U.S. and other nations have condemned Syria's apparent use of a poisonous gas to attack Douma's civilians, particularly as it occurred in an area that was supposed to have been off-limits to warplanes.