France, UK Ready to Join US in Potential Military Strike against Syria

Casey Dawson
April 13, 2018

Asked to comment on possible USA strikes, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Thursday that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".

A Downing Street spokesman said of the calls, "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". This reflects a view in the White House that deeper Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria have complicated calculations about a response to any US military attack, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Despite repeated attacks in which chemical weapons were believed to have been been used, the Élysée until now has said France lacked absolute proof. He has warned that he would not accept the use of chemical weapons, which he said was a "red line" that would draw French action, even unilateral.

The Jaish al-Islam group in Douma agreed on Sunday to withdraw, hours after the suspected chemical weapons attack on the town that has raised the prospect of US strikes.

Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis.

British opposition lawmakers are calling for Parliament to be given a vote on military action.

Activists, local rescuers and rebels in Syria claim that Syrian forces used chlorine gas in the attack on April 7 against Douma, in the rebel-held area near Damascus. When asked whether those would be the targets of strikes he said: "When we decide it, and once we have verified all the information".

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Saudi Arabia was France's second-biggest client for both arms deliveries and new arms orders in 2016, according to official data. France, also, will contribute to back up Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's efforts to upgrade its ministry of defense.

Speaking to reporters in Romania, Le Drian says: "We are very firm.as the president of the Republic said. this situation can't be tolerated". The Head of State alleged that if the blows were produced they would only be directed against supposed chemical arsenals in alleged possession of the Syrian government, of which until now there is no evidence.

After a deadly attack in Syria has prompted the global community to take a course of action that curbs the violence.

European Council on Foreign Relations senior policy fellow Julien Barnes-Dacey said it was hard to see how the west could produce a wider strategy for Syria that allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation.

It was the first public acknowledgement by Jaish al-Islam of a deal reached for Douma, their last rebel holdout in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus.

The Russian ministry says 1,500 left the town in the past 24 hours.

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