Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Theresa May 'seeks full role' in Syria strikes

Theresa May 'seeks full role' in Syria strikes

But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Meanwhile, US defence secretary James Mattis has said the country's military stands ready to provide President Trump with options for striking Syria.

The 105 missiles launched overnight in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Syria targeted three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development in Damascus' Barzeh district and two facilities near Homs, Pentagon officials said. He added it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement". The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied a chemical attack occurred.

Event if Trump did, al-Atrash added, it could not disrupt the rapport among Syrian people, army and government.

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 president holds Russian Federation and Syria responsible for this chemical weapons attack", Sanders said, adding that the intelligence reports provided to the U.S. do not support Russia's assertion that the attack was staged by the so-called White Helmets.

The French president, who said he was in daily contact with President Trump, said any strikes would go after Syria's "chemical capabilities".

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Tensions increased further yesterday after US President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile strike in the war-torn country. Trump wrote in a Thursday morning tweet that an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Russia, a key ally and backer of the Assad regime, has branded the military action "illegal".

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

During the two-hour meeting yesterday afternoon, ministers agreed to join forces with the USA and France to prevent Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces from launching an "appalling and inhumane" attack again.

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 same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which also has industrial and agricultural uses.

The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an global response.

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