CRISIS IN SYRIA: Trump Cancels Trip to 'OVERSEE' America's 'Response'

Apr 11, 2018, 05:59
CRISIS IN SYRIA: Trump Cancels Trip to 'OVERSEE' America's 'Response'

This is the 12th time Russian Federation has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting Syria.

At a meeting on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington would respond to the suspected attack whether the Security Council acted or not.

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials.

At least 40 people were reported killed in the suspected attack Saturday.

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Theresa May has "agreed" in telephone conversations with Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron that the global community "needed to respond" following reports of a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

The attack contemplated by the Trump administration would be "symbolic" and created to "send a message", Barbero said. Both stressed that the culprit still needed to be confirmed.

The White House said Mr Trump will miss an upcoming summit in South America and remain in the USA to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". He denied any attack occurred, telling the Security Council that experts from Russia's military radiological, biological and chemical unit went to the site and found no chemical substances on the ground, no dead, and no poisoned people in hospitals.

The U.S. gave Russia a heads up before the 2016 missile strike, and no Russian assets were targeted. An escalation to full-tilt USA military involvement in Syria would quickly evolve into costly conflict, including possibly with Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey. "Most likely, it will look like something between last year's tomahawk salvo and the more sustained three-day assault of Operation Desert Fox in 1998".

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"Russia will inevitably veto the USA resolution criticising Assad, and Washington will use this to justify military strikes", he said. Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4. Most members of Congress - Democrats as well as his fellow Republicans - praised Trump after the strike past year.

Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics allege that bombs filled with toxic chemicals were dropped on Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the capital Damascus, by Syrian government forces.

The statement expressed Syria's preparedness to devote all its efforts to cooperate with OPCW experts based on transparency and reliable evidence. Its fact finding mission will determine whether banned munitions were used, but will not assign blame.

"I am deeply concerned about the continuing massive displacement of close to 700,000 Syrians since the beginning of the year due to ongoing hostilities in the country", the United Nations official managing the crisis response said in a statement.

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Adding to the volatile situation, Iran, Assad's main ally along with Russian Federation, threatened to respond to an air strike on a Syrian military base on Monday that Tehran, Damascus and Moscow have blamed on Israel. Russian president's envoy for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Israel's ambassador to Russia Harry Koren discussed the situation in and around Syria, as well as in the Gaza Strip, during their meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. They said the planes were operating in Lebanese air space.

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