UK's Cabinet says Syria chemical attack calls for 'action'

8 2018 shows Syrian Army soldiers gathering in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma as they continue their offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta

British PM May summons ministers to discuss possible military action in Syria

Syria and Russian Federation denied the attack.

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a usa strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

Since the alleged chemical weapons attack, Moscow has announced that Douma is "totally stabilized" and will be patrolled by Russian military police. He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement". Syria has strongly denied the accusations.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

May's office said in a statement that the Cabinet judged it "highly likely" the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad was behind the chemical attack last weekend in the town of Douma.

Asked in a TV interview whether France would join strikes on Syria, Macron said, "We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it to be most useful and effective", according to Agence France Presse.

The French president, who said he was in daily contact with President Trump, said any strikes would go after Syria's "chemical capabilities". On Thursday, Trump tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!" "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" She called the Syrian government a "murderous regime".

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

Assad said Thursday that Western threats to strike Syria are based on "lies" and seek to undermine his forces' advances near Damascus.

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

His comments, made as he received Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were posted on the Syrian presidency's social media accounts.

The recent military victories Syrian army gained in Douma and elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta were the main reasons behind Trump's threat to attack Syria, al-Atrash said. Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

These "voices" and "any possible action" from the West "will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening global peace and security", the Syrian leader stressed, speaking to Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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