United Kingdom involved in Syrian gas attack 'provocation — Russia's military

Germany will not participate in attacks on the Assad regime according to Chancellor Angela Merkel

On Thursday he met with his National Security Council and spoke by phone with the top leaders of Britain and France, who have indicated they want to punish Syria.

Deliberations by the USA and its allies are still unfolding several days after a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government against a rebel-held area killed more than 50 civilians and prompted calls for a forceful global response.

Russia, a Syrian military ally, has called for restraint, saying there was no evidence that the Syrian government used a banned chemical agent in Douma.

More Jaish al-Islam fighters and civilians left the Syrian town of Douma on Friday, state media said, a day before global chemical weapons specialists are due to enter the enclave to investigate last Saturday's suspected attack.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said Syria's use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.

"We hope that there will be no point of return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Nebenzia told reporters late on Thursday.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a US 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.

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago: To drive this to a UN-brokered peace".

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

In a reference to the US, he said that it "it would only benefit those who are protected by the ocean and expect to sit there and engage in continuous efforts to stir up the region in order to advance their geopolitical goals".

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever".

With Trump sticking to the warpath, a clash seems inevitable as Moscow has blocked all diplomatic efforts at the United Nations and French President Emmanuel Macron says he has proof Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. Western officials say the Assad regime has become quite skilled at knowing when and how to use these weapons, in ways that do not trigger widespread outrage.

The country said it is "highly likely" chemical weapons were used and ministers agreed action was necessary to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", but the shape that any military involvement by the United Kingdom would take was not specified.

The World Health Organization said about 500 patients showed signs of exposure to toxic chemicals following the Douma attack.

He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

A team of inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog is travelling to Syria to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Trump allowed his revulsion at the very bad pictures of dead children, allegedly gassed, to impel him to threaten military action nearly certain to result in more dead children.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, often a more cautious voice than Trump s, pointed towards a U.S. response Thursday when he told lawmakers that "some things are simply inexcusable".

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said he sees no legal justification for a USA strike in Syria, absent explicit authorization by Congress.

What can possibly be achieved by more bombing? "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act". Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it.

Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya has called on the United States and other Western countries looking at a possible strike on Syria to think twice and stop driving the world to a red line.

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