Trump lauds U.S. administration for handling IS in Syria

  • Trump lauds U.S. administration for handling IS in Syria

Trump lauds U.S. administration for handling IS in Syria

But it also raises questions of how significant a USA strike can be without ruffling Russia's feathers and of how committed Russian Federation is to protecting the Syrian government from Western attacks.

Brexit Secretary David Davis, speaking in London, said no decision had been taken on whether there would be a joint response by the United Kingdom and U.S. and other allies.

Activists, rescue workers and medics say dozens of people died in the rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday.

Russia, Assad's most important ally in his seven-year-old war with rebels, said it had deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces.

Trump slammed Russian Federation on April 11 for its military alliance with Assad, saying it should not "be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it".

President Donald Trump is said to be preparing to tip off the Russian military before launching any missile strike on Syria, so that Moscow can get its forces out of the way.

Trump's tweet could force military leaders to modify their analysis related to "targets, timing and teamwork", according to CNN military analyst John Kirby.

French and USA officials are "working together very closely, and we will have decisions to take, at the time we choose, when we consider it most useful and most effective", Macron said.

United States defence secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday that the U.S. military is ready to provide President Trump with options for military strikes. "Final decisions haven't been made yet on that front", Sanders said at the briefing, adding that the president has "not laid out a timetable".

But a senior source has told the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel that any military action is likely to happen at the weekend.

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook sails in the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey August 28, 2015.

The US military was ready to provide military options, if appropriate, he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron will reportedly decide on a response in the coming days. Several reports claim that Russians have a presence in every regime base.

In a statement Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on the Security Council to reach an agreement on the "continued use of chemical weapons" in Syria and cautioned that if it didn't, the situation could quickly spiral out of control.

Mrs May is still yet to unequivocally point the finger of blame at the Assad government but she has spoken of the need for action "if" the regime is found to bear responsibility.

On Wednesday, the president had a more direct declaration of how the United States and its allies would respond to a chemical weapons attacks in Syria that killed more than 40 people - tweeting that missiles "will be coming". Global inspectors are seeking clearance from Damascus to visit Douma under safe conditions to determine whether globally banned munitions were used, though they will not assign blame.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind an airstrike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.

Under an evacuation deal between rebels and the Russian military, more than 13,500 fighters and their families have left Douma.

It has described the reports of the chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention against its ally. "The President has a number of options at his disposal and all of those options remain on the table".

On Wednesday, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said "all options are on the table", suggesting the United States may strike Russian assets in Syria.

The reaction from Russian Federation is unpredictable and Moscow has threatened retaliatory action against the United States if missiles are fired at Syria.