Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

Russia: Syrian regime now controls rebel town hit in chemical attack

There were signs, though, of a global effort to head off a unsafe conflict pitting Russian Federation against the West.

When the USA fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack, the Pentagon gave Moscow advance warning to get its personnel out of harm's way.

"The situation in Syria is horrific".

The president made the statement in a tweet Thursday morning. "But also, it's a very, very delicate circumstance, and we've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well-thought-through basis".

The U.S., France and Britain have been consulting about launching a military strike within days, and President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming". An unidentified Syrian Foreign Ministry official cited by state-run TV accused the Americans of sponsoring the lies of "terrorists" as a pretext to attack Syria.

Russian Federation has threatened to use its air defenses against USA missile strikes.

Assad, along with his Russian backers, warned again on Thursday that the threat of military action from the US, "and any possible actions, will only contribute to further destabilization in the region".

Syrian troops have braced for Western strikes across the country, hiding assets and deserting key buildings.

He said that the US role in Syria is to defeat Islamic State, not "to engage in the civil war itself". "We'll see what happens".

Both Syria and Russian Federation have said reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers in Douma, and have accused the United States of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government.

The Russian army has continued to deny their side's latest victory came after Assad launched a chemical attack on the last rebel-held pocket of the enclave in the Damascus suburbs, instead accusing the White Helmets civil defense organization of staging the supposed gas assault.

Putin's spokesman said that the Russian and USA militaries are maintaining contact via a telephone hotline.

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An even more threatening situation may evolve if the US and its allies use manned aircraft, and the Russian strike results in casualties.

A second US Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the USS Porter, is also understood to be in the Mediterranean and like the Donald Cook carries an arsenal of around two dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles.

On Wednesday, even though Mr Trump had previously said he would not "broadcast" his moves in Syria, he said in a post on Twitter that missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'".

Russian Federation recently said reports of the chemical attacks are untrue and "bogus".

Russian officials have also threatened to counter-attack the US if missiles fly over Syria, potentially by attacking US Navy ships or submarines.

Laurence Geai/SIPA/NewscomPresident Trump says there will be a "big price to pay" for the horrific chemical weapons attack reported in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

The President has been pushing his counterparts to respond with more force than a year ago, according to CNN, which reported that no decision had been made when Trump fired off his Wednesday tweet.

The BBC reported that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action.

Speaking to reporters at the White House later in the day, Trump said a decision had not yet been made on a course of action.

Some lawmakers have expressed reservations about taking military action now, but others have come to believe the 2013 vote was a mistake.

The US administration is in turmoil, with vacancies or very new appointees in major national security positions and policy declared by Trump tweets sent in reaction to cable news segments.

The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but U.S. officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.

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