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US needs 'swift, measured, strong' response to Syria — Young

US needs 'swift, measured, strong' response to Syria — Young

And Alexander Zasypkin, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, vowed that any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites attacked. "Let them go through with it or shut up", said a participant in an online poll asking if Syrians were afraid of a U.S. attack.

In a morning tweet, Trump referred to Syrian President Bashar Assad as a "Gas Killing Animal" and rebuked Russia for being "partners" with the Middle East strongman.

Eastern Ghouta had been the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, but insurgent groups there surrendered after a series of ferocious government assaults aided by Russia under a massive bombardment.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Barack Obama for not taking severe military action against the Assad regime, but with a "tweet first, worry later" foreign policy plan, experts are already anxious that Trump's missile threats could lead to an untenable military engagement, and at worst, even nuclear conflict.

Trump's spokeswoman dismissed this idea, and pointedly refused to acknowledge that concern about the risks of a direct confrontation with Russia would hold the US military back.

Reuters reports that Haley said she planned to put the draft resolution to a vote on Tuesday (today).

May has not confirmed whether the UK government is considering military action.

"We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria", the ministry said, adding that statements from Washington lack "wisdom and logic" and endanger international peace and security. That was wrong. Since then, half-hearted intervention has been worse than no intervention at all.

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Both Trump and his defence secretary Jim Mattis abruptly cancelled upcoming travel plans Tuesday, as the USS Donald Cook - a guided-missile destroyer - moved to within striking range of Syria.

Rebels on Sunday appeared to reach a deal with the Syrian government, agreeing to cede the territory in Douma and move to another part of the country, The New York Times reported.

"It's a disgraceful situation", Trump told reporters before a meeting of military officials at the White House on Monday night. On Thursday, however, he tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of the alleged chemical attack.

French President Emanuel Macron has called for a "strong, united and resolute" response. Russia has dismissed accusations that Mr Assad was responsible as a "provocation", and demanded an impartial investigation of the attack.

Amid the unprecedented tension between the two former Cold War adversaries, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian government evacuated forces from a number of air bases around the country.

"The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", it added, saying the OPCW's director general Ahmet Uzumcu wants the team "to establish facts surrounding these allegations".