No "final decision" yet on Syria response, White House says

039;We can resolve all issues by picking up the phone' – Russia's FM spokesperson on Syria standoff

Salih Dogan: I think that it's very clear that Donald Trump believes that the Assad regime killed Syrian civilian people including women and children in the chemical weapons attack on April 7, and he also blames Russian President Putin, Russia and Iran for baking the Assad regime, but it isn't quite clear to me actually, and when I read his tweets it's like it's not coming from the president of the United States.

Trump says he has asked USA partners "to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS effort".

He adds that, "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria - under no circumstances" and says that, "As other nations step up our contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home".

Trump told the nation from the White House that the USA would join allies Britain and France in launching missile strikes in retaliation for the "evil and despicable" gassing of Syrian civilians.

President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - denies any involvement and says reports of a chemical attack are "fabricated".

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Late yesterday, Syria's United Nations ambassador Bashar Jaafari said that two groups of experts from the OPCW will arrive in Syria today to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use.

The United States accused the Syrian government on Friday of using banned chemical arms at least 50 times since Syria's civil war began seven years ago - far higher than the number of attacks that had been publicly confirmed.

Trump said the missile strikes, which were focused on chemical weapons sites, would be carried out in coordination with France and the United Kingdom and he made clear that the U.S.is prepared to sustain the strikes until Syria stops using chemical weapons.

Trump said the operation would be conducted in cooperation with the militaries of France and Britain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she authorized the coordinated response in order to degrade the Assad regime's chemical weapons capability.

Syria has denied any involvement in the chemical attack.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

"The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Friday afternoon that Trump "is going to hold the Syrian government accountable".

Can Russia do anything to prevent US missiles from hitting targets in Syria? The U.S. has about 2,000 troops in northeastern Syria where they have worked with Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State.

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