UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith, D-Wash.

The UN Security Council has scheduled another emergency meeting, scheduled for Friday at 10am NY time (midnight Saturday AEST), at Russia's request. Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in NY said the escalation of the situation in Syria "is could escalate to greater military conflict". "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".

Trump is considering his military options in Syria after Saturday's alleged chemical attack against the rebel-held town of Douma.

Mr Putin has also talked to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him not to take action to destabilise Syria and threaten its security.

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that US officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons.

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Nick Bailey, who responded to the scene of the assault, was also hospitalized but has since been discharged. He said: "We want to meet Yulia and we want proof that she is alright and is in good condition".

Following the meeting, May spoke to Donald Trump and the pair agreed that the United Kingdom and the U.S. would "keep working closely together on the global response", according to a statement from Downing Street.

What has Trump said about the attack?

The prospect of a confrontation between Russian Federation, the Syrian government's ally, and the West has loomed since Trump said on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

Mr Trump, who has cancelled a planned trip overseas, has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of France and the UK.

"Obviously the situation is very serious, obviously there has to be, now, a demand for a political process to end the war in Syria". It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

Mattis addressed a hearing of a House of Representatives committee on Thursday. "Not to react is to prove to the rest of the world that what we say does not matter".

Later, he told reporters a decision will "be made fairly soon".

As tensions mount between the USA and Russian Federation over a possible U.S. strike, the Kremlin said a crisis communications link with the United States meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was being used by both sides.

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