Trump Says US 'Cannot Allow' Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

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The meeting was called to bring attention to local, national and global groups already engaged in armed confrontations or at risk of escalating confrontations, said Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy to Syria.

And, as Congress does, it can debate our objectives in this new war, and how many men, casualties and years will be required to defeat the coalition of Syria, Russia, Hezbollah, Iran, and the allied Shiite militias from the Near East.

Trump condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said "Nothing is off the table" when it comes to the USA response.

Trump further asserted that had President Barack Obama launched a campaign against the Syrian regime in August 2012-when Damascus launched an earlier chemical attack against Syrian rebels-the current situation in Syria would have been averted.

Pressed on Russia's role in the suspected chemical weapons attack, Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin - who backs the Syrian regime - "may" bear responsibility.

Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.

The US, France and United Kingdom have led global condemnation of the alleged attack, with the Syrian government and its Russian backers denying any responsibility.

The line-up among the global parties involved in the Syrian conflict - France, Iraq, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States, as well as the Kurds - also bears on what happens next in Syria.

The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's most powerful military force have been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for several years.

"This is about humanity - it can't be allowed to happen", he said.

Expert Max Abrahms, professor at Northeastern University in Boston, echoed a similar point on Monday.

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"To that extent, I agree with the US State Department and the US administration that says Russian Federation ultimately bears responsibility for the targeting of countless Syrians with chemical weapons".

UK Envoy Karen Pierce expressed interest in pursuing this course of action.

The OPCW, through its Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), is already gathering information about the attack in Douma. The use of chemicals was a desperate move to force the militants to concede after talks had broken down, she said.

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with what the British government says was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia led to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats by Western allies, to which Moscow responded in kind. On Sunday night, Israeli forces struck Syria's T-4 military base, which, according to the Israeli press, is used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Footage shows images of dead bodies with foam visible on their noses and mouths - a clear sign of a chemical attack.

Moscow and Damascus have fiercely denied that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

So, how likely is it that President Trump will respond with tougher action against Russian Federation and Syrian President Assad this time?

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Haley told the council. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.

Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to the events in Syria.

President Donald Trump has condemned the "heinous" suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said he'll make a decision on the US response within 24 to 48 hours.

Trump affirmed on Monday that he would be making "some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours".

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