Published: Fri, April 13, 2018

Trump casts doubt on timing of any Syria strike over gas attack

Trump casts doubt on timing of any Syria strike over gas attack

NBC News reported that United States officials obtained blood and urine samples from victims of the Douma attack that tested positive for chemicals, mainly for chlorine and some for a nerve agent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also joined the United States president, Donald Trump, on Tuesday in warning that her country would respond to the alleged Syrian gas attack in order to uphold the global ban on the use of chemical weapons.

According to Reuters, Macron's government will be looking to determine the best course of action to the Syrian conflict.

She said she spoke on Thursday with Mr Macron.

The Kremlin warned Thursday that the US and its allies, who are weighing military strikes on Syria, to avoid any steps that could destabilize the situation there. Damascus rejected the accusations as "chemical fabrications" made by the terrorists themselves in a bid to halt pro-government forces' advances.

The developments came after a suspected chemical weapons attack hit the Syrian town of Douma late on Saturday. The exact location of where the assault took place was in the eastern Ghouta region.

From a military standpoint, France could launch air strikes using Rafale jet fighters equipped with SCALP cruise missiles taking off from France's Saint Dizier base or from other bases in Jordan and the EAU.

Asked about consulting the U.S, which has also threatened military action, Le Drian said "France is autonomous in taking its decisions".

Macron recently appeared in a news conference with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He mentioned that he was in favor of participating in this effort.

On Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has led an worldwide military coalition since 2015 and waged a blockade that has sparked widespread condemnation. President Donald Trump said on Monday following the deadly attack he promised to offer a quick and effective response. This reflects a view in the White House that deeper Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria have complicated calculations about a response to any USA military attack, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis. In fact, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) corroborated that Damascus delivered and destroyed all its toxic weapons in 2014.

The U.S. and its allies have threatened to take military action in response to an alleged chemical attack last weekend.

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