Trump plans to talk to allies before Syria strike decision

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President Trump announced a military attack against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, after the country allegedly perpetrated a chemical attack on their own people.

Officials from Russia, Assad's patron, warned that their forces would shoot down US missiles.

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change".

The UN Security Council, tasked with maintaining worldwide peace and security, has been riven, with Moscow virulently denying the Douma attack took place, or postulating that it was carried out by rebels. "More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", the organization said. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

Macron also said his country, the USA and Britain would decide how to respond in the coming days.

Russian Federation claims the chemical attack was staged. He warned that Russian Federation would retaliate against "both the missiles and their delivery vehicles". The figure for the dead and the exact weapons used - and whether they were chemical weapons - have not be independently verified, though local medical workers say the symptoms indicate a chemical attack. The medics, however, said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning, according to the statements.

Many of those killed were, activists say, in a basement of a house, which could be where an intense concentration of the chemical settled. "But maybe not." Trump added that the U.S.

When: Saturday 14 April 2018 at 17:30hrs.

"The aggression is a flagrant violation of global law, a breach of the worldwide community's will, and it is doomed to fail", the official SANA news agency said. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

Syria has firmly denied any links to the chemical attack.

Trump is slated to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May Thursday evening.

He added: "Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible". The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon. It is not in Russia's interest to escalate the war, so the Russians would probably urge restraint again if the US and allied attack was limited, the former official said.

"Last year was about sending a signal", Stavridis said, referring to the April 2017 strike ordered by Trump. "A state flag hoisted on the Douma building heralded control over this settlement and, hence, over entire eastern Ghouta", Yuri Yevtushenko, chief of Russia's centre for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, told Tass.

A child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a United States strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted. "Obviously the situation is very serious, obviously there has to be, now, a demand for a political process to end the war in Syria". "And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack".