Alleged Chemical Attack 'will Be Met Forcefully'

War Drums Beat For Trump To Strike Assad

"We re making a decision as to what we do with respect to the disgusting attack that was made near Damascus and it will be met and it will be met forcefully", Trump told reporters.

Trump has announced that he wants to withdraw US troops from Syria, complaining that Washington has wasted trillions of dollars in Middle East wars. "This is about humanity, we are talking about humanity, it can't be allowed to happen". "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out", he said. "Everybody's going to pay a price".

The White House rejected suggestions that Mr Trump's previous statement about pulling USA troops out of Syria had prompted the attack.

The UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later on Monday.

Mr Nebenzia dismissed claims the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons as "fake news" as he called for inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to fly to Syria on Tuesday to visit the site of the alleged attack.

He also told the Security Council that Russian Federation had warned of "grave repercussions", if Syria was attacked. Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking global tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".

Trump is faced again with the choice of conducting a limited strike that might not even deter Assad from future chemical attacks or a wider response that risks drawing the USA deeper into a global conflict. But if Putin indeed wanted to deal with Trump, why abort all such prospects with a poison gas murder of a has-been KGB agent in Britain, America's foremost ally?

Sunday night, almost a year later to the day, Israeli warplanes launched missiles at targets within Syrian borders, the Russian and Syrian governments have said, calling that use of force "unacceptable".

Washington's main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad. At the same time he wants to make sure Assad is deterred from chemical weapons attacks on innocent civilians.

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The two leaders "strongly condemned the horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria", according to a White House summary, and they "agreed to exchange information" on the attacks and "coordinate a strong, joint response".

"We don't need just a reaction".

The strike was carefully limited - 59 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles that damaged about 20 Syrian aircraft or 20% of its operational warplanes.

Haley urged the council to take action, but warned that the United States was ready to respond, with or without the United Nations.

Syria on Tuesday invited the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to send a fact-finding mission to investigate the suspected poison gas attack in a rebel-held town over the weekend. An attack with chlorine, which can be used as a weapon but is not outright banned by the treaty, could raise precedent issues, as there have been numerous recent allegations of chlorine attacks in Syria that have drawn no response from the Trump administration.

Trump - who past year launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was used in the town of Khan Sheikhun - warned after the latest accusations that there would be a "big price to pay". White House advisers said at the time that images of hurt children helped spur the president to launch that air strike, and television new shows on Sunday aired similar depictions of suffering young Syrians.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday he is outraged by the reported attack, and that the use of chemical weapons would be a violation of global law. "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world", Trump had tweeted.

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