Trump says 'major' Syria decision coming in '24-48 hours'

Casey Dawson
April 10, 2018

The Russian military, which has a presence in Syria as a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, said its officers had visited Douma and found no evidence to back up reports of poison gas being used.

On John Bolton's first day as national security adviser, Trump is being pushed to embrace a policy of Cold War confrontation with Russian Federation and a US war with Syria.

"At the expert levels, we have convened our colleagues to continue working on the possibility of a resolution on the matters", the ambassador, who is president of the Security Council for the month of April, told reporters after closed-door consultations of the council members.

Especially considering the last time a known major chemical weapon attack happened nearly exactly a year ago, Trump responded by shooting off 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government air force base. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done.

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria", Haley said.

Syria has denied involvement and accused rebels of fabricating the chemical attack claims. "It was an atrocious attack, it was awful. The global community must not let this happen".

Access to the area, which has faced weeks of regime bombardment, is limited and there has been no way to independently verify the accounts.

Trump - who a year ago launched a missile strike on a Syrian regime air base after another alleged chemical attack - warned on Sunday that there would be a "big price to pay". The politician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about secret military movements, said the atmosphere and US statements hint at a possible strike, "but there are no indications on the ground so far". The coordination mechanism was put in place after Russian forces entered Syria in 2015, and Netanyahu has made it a priority in his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Nebenzia, reflecting earlier warnings from President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, said: "From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very unsafe".

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The Trump Administration ordered a targeted air strike on a military base in Syria after a chemical weapons attack that took the lives of at least 90 in Syria a year ago. "Big price to pay". "He will. Everybody will", the American president warned.

A video posted on the Facebook page of the Douma City Coordination Committee says it shows children and adults receiving treatment and being washed down with water in a medical facility in Douma after an alleged chemical attack, which Syrian state media and the regime's ally Russian Federation have denounced as "fabrications".

The French envoy took the debate to another level later during the session.

Seven Iranians were among the estimated 14 people killed in the missile attack, and a senior Iranian official visiting Damascus said the attack "will not remain unanswered".

Mattis also said the "first thing" the administration is considering is why chemical weapons are being used at all in Syria.

Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.

Russia's Defence Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles.

Worldwide bodies led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were trying to establish exactly what happened in Douma, a rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta district.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that as of Monday night, troops have been on a 72-hour alert and are fortifying their positions.

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