United States requests UN security council vote on Syria: Diplomats

Casey Dawson
April 11, 2018

Israel has not commented on the raid so far.

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials.

Later on Monday, envoys of Washington and Moscow traded barbs at a United Nations Security Council special meeting over the alleged Syrian attack.

The request for permission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for clearance make the trip comes after both the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and its ally Russian Federation asked for a formal investigation of the charges, which the Assad government has denied. Iran, a key ally of Assad, condemned the airstrikes, which it said killed four Iranians, including a colonel and a member of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace force.

The Assad government and Russian Federation both urged the OPCW to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, a move by the two countries that was apparently aimed at averting any US -led action.

At a photo-taking session in the Pentagon on Monday, Mattis said "the first thing" to consider in how to respond was why chemical weapons are "still being used at all".

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that United States military action in Syria could lead to "grave repercussions".

Russian Federation first vetoed a US-drafted text to create a mechanism that would have the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks in the war-torn country.

In a statement, McCain said Trump "responded decisively" previous year with the air strike and urged Trump to be forceful again to "demonstrate that Assad will pay a price for his war crimes". "Nothing is off the table", Trump warned.

"But we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed ... we can't let that happen in our world ... especially when we're able to because of the power of the United States, the power of our country, we're able to stop it", Trump said. He warned that Russian Federation or any other nation found to share responsibility in the attack will "pay a price".

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Trump, also, criticized his predecessors for not addressing Washington's contentions with Pyongyang. Shortly afterward, their leader Kim Jong-un was doing the same at an official concert in Pyongyang.

An expert said the US military presence over years in Syria failed to facilitate the humanitarian relief there.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Britain should support possible military action in Syria following Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack. Both also stressed that who was to blame still needed to be confirmed.

At a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday, Russia has vetoed a resolution on Syria drafted by the United States on the latest apparent chemical weapons attack, at a time when President Trump is considering launching new military action. Israel hit the base in February, after it said an Iranian drone that violated Israeli airspace took off from it.

On April 9, a massive missile strike was delivered on the T-4 airfield in the Syrian province of Homs. Even if the USA project was adopted, it would take months to implement, the diplomat said, adding that the draft was a "provocative step" that had "nothing to do with the desire to investigate the Douma incident".

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a number of other assets could be moved into position "in a short period of time" if needed. "And there is a strategic collision that perhaps tonight may have come together because of the chemical issue".

Syria has denied accusations it unleashed a gas attack on the town of Douma, the last opposition town in the battered enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Citing a foreign ministry source, state news agency SANA said Syria was ready to cooperate with a fact-finding team.

Russian Federation has vetoed a proposal to set up an investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria.

As part of the surrender deal, the Jaish al-Islam group that controlled the town released scores of people it had been holding. They said the planes were operating in Lebanese air space. The Syrian Civil Defence rescue organisation said the victims appeared to have suffocated. The evacuations follow a pattern of departures around the capital and other major Syrian cities as the Government reasserts its control after seven years of war. The US threatened military action but later backed down.

Experts on Syria's war cited France and perhaps even Britain and Middle East allies as potential partners in any USA military operation, which would aim to discourage future chemical weapons use in Syria's brutal civil war.

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