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Trump says U.S. will respond to Syria attack 'forcefully'

Trump says U.S. will respond to Syria attack 'forcefully'

"I remember how I was over there, I remember sometimes when the airplane would come and throw bombs", said Khaled Altamr.

Despite this, US President Donald Trump who commented on Sunday on reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria's Eastern Ghouta again blamed Russian Federation and Iran for the support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Following last year's use of the internationally-banned sarin nerve agent in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Trump administration struck Syria's military with dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles.

"From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very risky", Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters following an emergency council meeting. "And if he does, it's going to be very tough, very tough". "Everybody's going to pay a price, he will, everybody will".

Two days after the attack, the White House was still only able to say that the attack fit the pattern of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapon use.

Mattis spoke to reporters Monday during a meeting with Qatari leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the Defense Department's headquarters, near Washington.

At least 40 people were reported killed in the suspected attack Saturday. "We have some pretty good answers". Trump on Sunday specifically criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing Assad, whom he called an "animal".

The Lebanese army said the warplanes that violated its airspace flew over the sea to the west of the Lebanese coastal town of Jounieh and then over the east of the ancient city of Baalbeck, in eastern Lebanon.

The OPCW has an ongoing mandate to investigate suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Russian Federation said Syrian government troops could ensure the safety of OPCW experts if they were to travel to the scene, he added, criticizing previous investigations for having been conducted from a distance.

Syrian state media first blamed the United States for the attack but now says Israel did it, and NBC News is reporting that USA officials have confirmed to them that Israel did carry out the airstrike.

"It was an atrocious attack, it was terrible, you don't see things like that - as bad as the news is round the world - you just don't see those images", Trump said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said there was no threat of the situation in Syria resulting in a military clash between Russia and the US.

The episode thrust the USA and Russian Federation into a new confrontation.

Washington and Moscow set out starkly different positions at a stormy emergency session at the UN Security Council, where Russia's ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that the possibility of United States military action was "very, very unsafe". Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever.

" It added that it "joins a long series of similar attacks using chemical weapons perpetrated by the regime since Assad undertook to disarm from such weapons".

"Russia and Iran have military advisers at the Assad regime's airfields and operations centers". According to the Tass news service, which cited Major General Yuri Yevtushenko, Moscow plans to send specialists to analyze the scene once militants are expelled from the area.