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Trump says Syria attack will be met 'forcefully'

Trump says Syria attack will be met 'forcefully'

After various rebel-linked NGOs, such as the White Helmets, reported that chemical weapons were used in Douma outside of Damascus, U.S. President Donald Trump said that "forceful" measures would be taken, and that a "major decision" would be made soon.

USA officials who spoke on condition of anonymity did not disclose any plans, but acknowledged military options were being developed.

"Nothing is off the table", Trump said, when asked about a military response.

The Organization for the Proliferation of Chemical Weapons says it will send a fact-finding mission to investigate the latest attack, following an invitation from the Syrian government.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his first official trip to Latin America to focus on the issue of a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

The incident has sparked global outrage and ratcheted up tensions in the already volatile Mideast, raising the specter of possible imminent American retaliation amid Russia's warnings against any such action, and denials that any chemical weapons attack took place.

Mr Schneider noted that "Russia and the Assad government are certainly working overtime to stave off the assault as Moscow amps up its military posturing and bluster in Syria".

Since Saturday's incident, Washington has been in discussion with Britain and France, raising the prospect of co-ordinated Western military action. Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, spoke upon arrival in the Syrian capital on Tuesday.

The Syrian air base was struck by missiles a little more than 24 hours after the alleged chemical attack.

Trump also said that the United States is getting closer to learning definitively which party is responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

Any operation is likely to be challenging and fraught with risk, Hof said, because Assad's forces are so tightly entwined with Iranian and Russian troops at various bases.

In keeping with President Donald Trump's campaign vow not to give the enemy advance knowledge of United States actions, the White House on Tuesday said it would "not broadcast" what the U.S. was going to do in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Syria.

Russian Federation vetoed the move and China abstained meaning a resolution could not be passed.

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Russian Federation vetoed a U.S. resolution at the United Nations to create a new expert body that would determine responsibility for the attacks. The group is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, which has been signed by 192 member states.

The United States launched a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base a year ago in response to the killing of dozens of civilians in a sarin gas attack in an opposition-held town in northwest Syria.

Calling the attack "horrible", Trump has pledged to respond "forcefully".

Opposition activists said 40 people died in the chemical attack late Saturday in the suburbs of the Syrian capital and blamed it on the Syrian government, which is closely allied with Russian Federation.

Last year, President Trump ordered a missile strike in retaliation for a Sarin gas attack against a Syrian town.

Meanwhile, James Mattis, US defence secretary, did not rule out any military action against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday the OPCW should be granted unfettered access to investigate the reports.

A senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that Moscow is willing to help arrange an OPCW visit to the site of the suspected attack.

The French representative at the UN Security Council said poison gas had deliberately been used as it could seep down to the basements.

More than 100 buses entered Douma on Monday to take the fighters and their families to Jarablus, which is under the shared control of Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces, Syrian state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV said.

April 4, 2017: More than 90 people are killed in a suspected nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province.

The Russian military hinder the flight of the drones the U.S. air force over close to the Syrian territories.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said, "We have invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons there in Douma and we will strive for this visit to happen". John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement on Sunday that Trump had emboldened the Syrian government by making it seem the United States was taking its attention away.

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