UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike

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Russia, she alle-ged, holds some responsibility in the fact that they had guaranteed that Syria wouldn't use chemical weapons again, which they did.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

The Russian military says the Syrian government is now in full control of town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by the rebels and that was the site of suspected chemical attack over the weekend. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

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.

Using information available through open sources, the Bellingcat website has concluded that the latter attack near the square was "most likely" the result of chlorine gas dropped by the Syrian air force from a helicopter.

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

Dan Kaszeta, a British chemical weapons expert at Strongpoint Security, told Middle East Eye on that he generally agreed with Bellingcat's assessment.

"Not to react is to prove to the rest of the world that what we say does not matter". No one likes to see innocent little children suffering.

"The Russian military reached out to local medical officials and was told that no patients with symptoms of chemical poisoning had been admitted to the Douma hospital", Russian-state broadcaster RT reported on Thursday.

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Both Syria and Russian Federation have said reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers in the town and have accused the USA of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government.

Geopolitics specialist Dominique Moisi, a senior adviser at the Montaigne Institute?think tank in Paris, said "we have said that we were not allowing the use of chemical weapons, that this was a red line ..." A military operation would be a big deal for Macron, his first military action as president, at a time of heightened domestic tensions over labor law changes. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

"The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma".

The council has already failed to agree on a response to the attack in three votes and has been deadlocked throughout the Syrian civil war.

Hussam Edin Aala, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, rejected the WHO's statement about the 500 injured Syrians as "baseless allegations" and questioned the credibility of the United Nations health agency which has not been given access to Douma.

He said the United States military was ready to provide the President with military options, if appropriate and at the President's request. Syrian troops have braced for Western strikes across the country, hiding assets and deserting key buildings.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a U.S. strike could lead to a conflagration with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted. "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act". We're trying to get people in there because, as you know, it's been hard to get people in because not only has it been hit, it's been surrounded.

"Now we have to make some further decisions, so they will be made fairly soon", added first-term commander-in-chief, who earlier appeared to equivocate on the timing of strikes.

By Monday, the US State Department said that the symptoms of the victims - based on accounts from medical professionals and social media photos and videos - were consistent with an asphyxiation or nerve agent "of some type" - but didn't name a chemical. France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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