Denmark supports attack on Syria … but not militarily

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus Syria. | AP

Smoke rises after airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus Syria. | AP

With the addition of the USS Winston S. Churchill, the US now has two ships potentially within range of Syria for firing Tomahawks, which were the weapon of choice when the USA struck Syria in April 2017. "This night, under America's guidance, the United States, France and Britain acted accordingly (because) Syria continues to carry out its murderous actions", the official, who declined to be identified, said.

Mattis says the United States, along with France and the United Kingdom, struck because Syrian President Bashar Assad "did not get the message" when the USA launched airstrikes after a chemical attack in 2017. The foreign ministers of Germany and Belgium said the focus should be on a political solution, involving pressure on Russian Federation to reconsider its support for Assad.

The Swedish-drafted text calls for the establishment of an investigative panel to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria after Russian Federation this week vetoed a U.S. proposal to set up such a mechanism.

Ministers have said it is "highly likely" Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the attack on Saturday on the rebel-held town of Douma which reportedly left dozens dead and that there was agreement around the Cabinet table that such actions should not go "unchallenged".

There is a greater risk of great power conflict erupting in Syria than there has been at any time since the end of the Cold War, and if Russian military personnel are killed by USA or allied strikes there is no telling how quickly things could deteriorate there and in other parts of the world.

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said.

Britain has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, but not against the country's government.

The UN Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as US President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes. Trump put his attack on pause as he consulted allies, and a senior Russian official said the envoy's threats had been misinterpreted.

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Trump spoke Thursday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the White House said afterward they continued their discussion the need for a joint response.

In the six days between the attack and the US-led response, Washington and Moscow clashed repeatedly in duelling press statements and United States debates. "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". According to Major General Igor Konaskenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense, the eyewitness doctors recognized themselves in the rigged video posted on social networks. Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit. The team was due to arrive Saturday.

"Absent a robust diplomatic process, military strikes will not change Assad's calculus regarding the use of chemical weapons against his own people", Democratic Senator Ed Markey of MA said in a statement.

Should the west initiate an attack on Syria, following allegations the Assad Regime was behind the poison attack in Douma over the weekend, you won't hear any complaints from Denmark.

"We're trying to stop the murder of innocent people", U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing. "This is exactly the risk we face today - that things spiral out of control".

Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because a missile attack "will be coming" at Syria, Moscow's chief Middle East ally.

Russia's Defense Ministry said most of the missiles fired by the US, UK and France were shot down by Syrians using Soviet-era air defense systems, according to a report from state-sponsored Sputnik News.

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