Allies strike Syria in response to chemical weapon attacks; Russian Federation promises 'consequences'

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US President Donald Trump is still reviewing military options available in Syria as diplomatic tensions continue to rumble between Russian Federation and the West.

Criticism of the allied airstrikes was limited.

Like a succession of U.S. presidents - Republican and Democrat - Trump has unsuccessfully tried to "reset" relations with Putin, despite his more overt courtship of the former KGB spy.

The axis of resistance, meaning the Syrian allies of Iran and Hezbollah, has its choices and dealing quietly, Shabaan said, adding that the rule of clashes has changed in favor of the Syrian side. He and Trump spoke repeatedly this week.

The Russian President, who backs Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, has called for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to what the Kremlin has called "an attack on Syria".

Macron told Putin he wanted to "intensify" talks in order to "bring peace and stability to Syria", the French President's office said in a statement.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.

Retired Admiral Vladimir Masorin said Russian Federation would sink the USS Donald Cook if it fired on Syria.

A Swedish draft resolution, circulated to council members Thursday and obtained by AP, would also express the council's determination to establish "a new impartial, independent and professional" investigative body to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", the statement continued.

For the US, undermining the Russian role in Syria is the main goal, while for Israel, eliminating the Iranian role is the main goal.

The U.N. ambassador said the the United States would continue to seek out and call out anyone who uses or aids the use of chemical weapons.

The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but United States officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.

Dozens of people in Douma died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). And it shows that Washington appears to have succeeded for now in delivering a blow that did not provoke Russian Federation into a military response - even though the degree to which the missile attack hindered Assad's chemical-weapons capability is far from clear.

Trump's spokeswoman dismissed this idea, and pointedly refused to acknowledge that concern about the risks of a direct confrontation with Russian Federation would hold the United States military back.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said. Russian Federation and its close ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma exists. No additional strikes against the Assad regime were planned for the time being, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, following Dunford's comments.

In recent times, commentators have said that Russia's diplomatic ties with the West have worsened. "It's alarming but it's not a reason to panic".

At least 70 people were killed in two suspected chemical attacks on the Syrian town last Saturday. It might seem Washington struck just to save face. French President Emmanuel Macron has made clear that France will participate in such an attack, while the British cabinet meets Thursday to discuss it.

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